Lviv is the capital of Western Ukraine, is a large industrial and commercial center of Ukraine. Its narrow ancient streets and historic center make it one of the best places in the country.
Lviv was founded as a fortress in the middle of the 13th century by Danilo Galitsky and was named after his son Leo. Leo is the historical symbol of the city. Throughout the centuries, Lviv was the main city of Western Ukraine.
The main street of Lviv is Liberty Avenue. It stretches from Mickiewicz Square to the Ivan Franko Opera and Ballet Theater. In addition, on Prospekt Svobody you can see the National Museum, formerly the Lenin Museum. In the middle of the avenue there is a monument to the Ukrainian national poet – Shevchenko, at the foot of which there are always a lot of flowers.
Opposite the Lviv University is a monument to the Ukrainian poet Ivan Franko, from which stretches the park named after Ivan Franko to the hotel “Dniester”.
Also worth visiting is the Lviv Museum of Folk Architecture in the open air. About 100 old wooden buildings are divided into ethnographic groups of Western Ukraine.
Shevchenko Avenue attracts people with its beautiful houses and shops. There you can find a monument to Mikhail Hrushevsky, the most famous historian in Ukraine and the first president of the country. The Museum of ancient Ukrainian culture has a good collection of small carved Carpathian crosses.
The Lviv Art Gallery has one of the largest collections of European painting in the country, with more than 1000 paintings on display, and 5000 in the vault.
Lviv is also famous for its churches and monasteries, including the Roman Catholic Cathedral, the Assumption Church, St. George’s Cathedral, the Church of St. John the Baptist, the Jesuit Church and many others. Lviv is also famous for its museum of the history of religions.
Inside the city’s Arsenal is a museum of ancient weapons, representing more than 30 countries.