Lviv is located in Western part of Ukraine regarded as one of the main cultural centers of Ukraine. It also can be called the cultural capital of western Ukraine. In September 2006 Lviv city celebrated its 750th anniversary. The city was established in the early 1200s during the reign King Danylo Halytskiy of the principality of Halych-Volhynia in honor of his son Lev. After the death of Danylo Lev made Lviv the capital of Halych-Volhynia. From the very beginning of its existence the city has become the cultural capital of western Ukrainian lands.
The history of Lviv is very rich and concerned with the history of many countries and empires. Historic buildings, churches and relics of Lviv date from the 13th century. Architecture of Lviv reflects various European styles and periods which make a magnificent atmosphere. The historic centre of Lviv has been added to the UNESCO World Heritage list in 1998.
Today Lviv is one of the biggest cities in Ukraine. It is the place where history meets modern architecture. To get a lot of impressions you even don’t need any tourist guide. The only thing you need is to start your tour from the old part of Lviv. Walking along the old streets you may just ask people (a lot of them speak foreign languages) about this or that monument or building and will get all information you need. It's hard to compare Lviv with any other city in Ukraine. Hospitability of Lviv’s citizens is well known all over the Ukraine.
What to see in Lviv
The Lviv Theatre of Opera and Ballet (Lviv Opera House) is regarded to be one of the most beautiful in Europe. Lviv Square is one of the favorite places of tourist and citizens of Lviv. In the centre of the square you will see Lviv Town Hall you can get on its top (about 65 meters above the ground) and enjoy the beautuy of the old part of the city. Not far from Market square located such prominent monuments of architecture as Dominican Monastery, Chapel of Boim family, Armenian Cathedral, City Arsenal and Powder Tower. At the Prospect of Freedom of freedom you will find Monument to Taras Shevchenko. Among other well known monuments of Lviv are the monument to Daniel of Galicia, Adam Mickiewicz Monument in Lviv and Statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary. This and other sightseeing of Lviv are listed below.
Universities of Lviv
Lviv is an important education centre of Ukraine. It is home to three major universities and a number of smaller schools of higher education. There are eight institutes of the National Academy of Science of Ukraine, more than forty research institutes, three academies and eleven state-owned colleges. Another institute that was and is still renowned in the region is the Lviv Polytechnic Institute.
Ivan Franko National University of Lviv is one of the oldest in Central Europe. It was founded as a Jesuit school in 1608. Danylo Halytsky Lviv National Medical Academy (University), Ukrainian Catholic University, Ukrainian Academy of Printing are well known in Ukraine and all over the world.
Travel to Lviv and you will fill that this city is a real cultural capital of Western Ukraine. And the reason of it not only the rich architectural and history heritage but also the kindness of the people and great attention to all Ukrainian traditions.