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Lviv's Old Town

The Old Town is the Historic Centre of Lviv; it is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List since 1998, one of the reasons given for the UNESCO for the election of the Old Town was that “Lviv is an outstanding example of the fusion of the architectural and artistic traditions of eastern Europe with those of Italy and Germany.”

Lviv was founded in the middle of the 13th century by Daniil Romanovich (Daniel of Galicia) who named the newly-founded town after his son Lev (Lion), Lviv means “the place of Lion.”

Lviv is the only one Ukrainian city which has preserved its central part since medieval times; the Old Town is filled with amazing examples of different architectural styles, numerous museums, monuments, and churches.

Most remarkable places of historical importance located in the area of the Old Town include Market Square or Ploshcha Rynok (16-18th century); Armenian Cathedral (14th century); Latin Cathedral (15th century); The Boim's Chapel (17th century); Church of the Assumption (16th century); Church of Body of Christ of the Dominican Order (18th century); St. George Cathedral (19th century); Lviv Opera House (19th century); and Stryj park (1887)

Market Square is located in the central part of the Old Town, around the square there are 44 beautiful burgher houses, the most interesting are the Black House, the King Jan III Sobieski Palace, the Archbishop’s Palace, the Lubomirski Palace, the Venetian House, the House of Szolc-Wolfowicz, the Heppner House, and the Boim Family House.

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