A city with a lively history, Lviv (also spelled L’viv and Lvov) in Ukraine’s west was founded in the 13th century. Its well-preserved historic center is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. When in Lviv, be sure to climb the tower of the town hall for a great city view and visit a dazzling Lviv Opera House, which hosts world-class performances. A diamond in Europe’s crown, Lviv is a unique city in which history, culture and the fusion of two worlds – the East and the West – are magnanimously merged. It is Lviv’s geographical positioning at the intersection of global cultures and civilizations which has greatly influenced its inimitable atmosphere. Lviv is a large regional center, occupying the area of 155 sq. kilometers. About 730,000 people reside permanently in Lviv. Most of the city’s population is comprised of ethnic Ukrainians, however you will see other nationalities represented in its midst: Poles, Jews, Greeks, Germans, Armenians, Russians, to name a few.