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Why in Lviv


Lviv is a unique city, in which the history, culture, mentality of two worlds – the East and the West – are tolerantly merged

History of Lviv

In 2006 the people of Lviv celebrated the 750th anniversary of their city. Though Lviv might look melancholic at first glance, it has beenin the epicenter of events throughout its entire history. In 1248 King Danilo Halitsky granted the newborn city to his son Lev, and according to the ancient chronicles Lviv was mentioned in 1256.

From that moment Lviv became the capital of the powerful Principality of Halychyna and Volyn. Through the years Lviv fell under the authority of Poland, Austria-Hungary, Germany, Rzecz Pospolita, USSR… But freedom-loving people of Lviv have always courageously defended their city. For 317 years – from 1387 to 1704 – Lviv survived over a hundred of sieges, and nit a single invader was allowed to set his foot within the city’s walls. Few medieval European cities could boast such an achievement. And it was Lviv that became one of the centers of the movement for revival of the Ukrainian state in late 80s.

At the same time, the people of Lviv have retained their hospitality throughout the ages, and they are always eager to introduce their beloved city to the visitors. And they become overjoyed if a guest shares even just a fraction of the love they have for their city!