In the very center of old Lviv there is a unique museum-restaurant “Gasova lyampa”. On its terrace there is a street light in the form of a kerosene lamp, which is visible from afar.
The museum-restaurant popularizes the kerosene page of Lviv history. It was in Lviv on March 30, 1853, that the first kerosene lamp was lit in the world.
It is interesting that the same evening, when illuminated from a lamp for the first time in the world, a surgical operation was carried out. Thus, the pharmacy worker Jan Zeg developed the technology of distillation and refining of oil. In the same year, the scientist received a patent, in the following year – an award at the World Exhibition in Munich. At the same time, inventor Jan Zeg opened the first small oil refinery in Lviv.
The restaurant-museum was opened in 2008, which coincided with the 155th anniversary of the invention of a kerosene lamp. At the same time, at the entrance to the cafe was opened a creative sculptural composition – a monument to Zegu and Lukasevich. The monument was executed by the famous Lviv sculptor Vladimir Tsisarik. By the way, today the exposition of the museum presents about two hundred copies of kerosene lamps, as well as a copy of the original invention.
The originality of the monument and its location in the old part of the city, makes it a very popular tourist destination.