LOVE BENCH INSTALLED IN IVANO-FRANKIVSK
Now Ivano-Frankivsk has its own love bench. It was installed under the lime tree where according to the legend famous Ukrainian writer Ivan Franko used to date Juzefa Dzvonkovska.
The poet met Juzefa in 1883 and it was love at first sight. Juzefa’s mother declined Ivan's proposal as he didn’t belong to their social class.
Later it turned out that Juzefa was sick phthisis but she never told anyone besides Ivan Franko.
Three years later, on May 5, 1892 the girl died. She was even less than 30 y.o.
Ivan Franko devoted 10 poems, included two in Polish, to his Juzefa. In the last poem written after Juzefa’s death he said, 'She died, - No, it is me who died!'