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Lviv Travel Guide

Lviv History

Lviv History Lviv has a multicultural history, the city was founded in 1256 during the reign of Ruthenian King Daniel of Galicia and named in honor of his son Lev (Lion); the city fell under Polish control in the 14th century under Casimir III and subsequently was governed as part of the PolishLithuanian Commonwealth. In 1772 the city became part of Austria and it was known under the name of Lemberg, the capital of the Kingdom of Galicia and Lodomeria.

After World War I, the city was, for a short time, the capital of the Western Ukrainian Republic. After the dissolution of the Austro-Hungarian Empire in 1918, it was returned to Poland as part of the Second Polish Republic. After the World War II, Lviv was annexed by the USSR. From June 1941 to July 1944, Lvov was under German occupation, but it was recaptured by the Soviet Army on July 1944. After the downfall of the Soviet Regime, Lviv became part of the independent Ukraine; its name was officially changed to Lviv only.

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