Lviv is one of the oldest and most lovely cities in Europe, located in the Ukrainian region of Ukraine, by the foothills of the Carpathians in Western Ukraine.
Lviv was founded in 1256 by Galycian King Danylo Galytsky who named the city after his son Lev, the city used to be the Capital of East Galicia. In 1349, the region was conquered by the Poles. In the 17th century, the King John II Casimir of Poland founded the Lviv University.
In 1772 the city became part of Austria, after the dissolution of the Austro-Hungarian Empire in 1918, Lviv was returned to Poland. After the World War II, Lviv became part of the USSR under the name of Lvov. After Ukrainian independence, the name was officially restored to Lviv, currently serves as the administrative centre of Lviv Oblast
The main attraction of Lviv is its Historic Center which is on the UNESCO World Heritage List, it consists of 45 buildings including, among others, the Black House, the Armenian Cathedral, the Latin Cathedral of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the St. George's Cathedral of the Greek-Catholic Church, and the Market Square which is the core of this historical and architectural preservation area.
Lviv contains well-preserved historical and beautiful places; other sites of interest are the historic Lychakivskiy Cemetery, the National Museum, the Museum of History, the Museum of Ethnography and Crafts, the museum of Folklore, the Antique Armoury known as “The Arsenal”, the Pharmaceutical Museum, and the famous Lviv High Castle (Vysokyi Zamok) which was the first building to fly Ukraine’s blue and yellow national flag.
The tourist potential of Lviv is yet undiscovered, the city still keep his authentic feeling, English signage is rare, there are relatively few high-standard restaurants and hotels, and life is extremely cheap.
Lviv is also a very important cultural center, it has a philharmonic orchestra and the Opera House of Ivan Franko is considered among the best theatres in Europe.
There are many well-preserved castles, churches and monasteries in Lviv Oblast, for example, Olesko Zamok (castle), Svirzh Zamok, Pidhirtsi Zamok, Krekhivsky monastery and the fortress of Tustan which is built in the rock.
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