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Lviv, Ukraine

Lviv (Lwow, Lemberg, Leopolis, Lvov) – all those names were given to Lviv – the city of "sleeping lions" which has changed them throughout its long history. Nowadays Lviv remains one of the most beautiful, charming, and mysterious cities of Eastern Europe. It was included in the UNESCO World Heritage List for its monuments to the past and architecture. Lviv or «Lion's city», was named by its founder - the Galycian-Volynian king Danylo Galytsky, in honour of his son Lev. The city was first mentioned in the Galycian-Volynian Chronicle in 1256.

Lviv, the capital of Western Ukraine, is a large industrial and commercial centre of Ukraine. Its narrow old streets and its historic centre make it one of the best places in the country. The centre of ancient Lviv was in the place of today's Rynok Square (Market Square). Situated on the crossroads of trade routes, Lviv grew fast, and soon became an important centre of commerce and crafts. Lviv had considerable strategic value because of its location in the middle of the Galycian-Volyn principality. In 1272 Lviv became the capital of the Galycian-Volynian principality, by order of prince Lev. During many centuries Tatars, Moldavians, Turks, Polish nobility were attacking Lviv, and the defenses were a vital matter. Basically, the system of fortifications was completed in 1445, a defense rampart, 16 meters high; the High and Low Castles. The last significant addition to the town defenses was the Royal Arsenal, constructed in 1639-1669 (13 Pidvalna Street).

The High Castle (Vysokyy Zamok), built by the Polish King Kazimierz III, heavily fortified and located on a steep hill, 300 meters high, remained inaccessible for more than 300 years. It was only in 1648 that the High Castle was seized for the first time, by the Cossacks of Maxym Kryvonis. In 1672 Turks captured it almost without a fight. Later, little was done to save the Castle from decay, and in the 1870s it was dismantled, with a segment of its southern wall being preserved.

Lviv is a city of legends, many of them are romantic. Sometimes Lviv seems like a city full of legends, gothic novels, and fairy-tales, with its cobbled streets, ancient facades, and shady courtyards.

Lviv's main street is Freedom Avenue. It runs from Mitskevych Square to the Ivan Franko Opera and Ballet Theatre. Lviv Opera and Ballet Theatre is one of the most beautiful and unique theatres in the whole of Ukraine and moreover in Europe. The building of theatre impresses with its sculptural and picturesque richness, was constructed in 1897-1900 in the Viennese neo-Renaissance style by architect Zygmunt Gorgolewski. The building is crowned by large bronze statues, symbolizing Glory, Poetry, and Music.

The theatre is over 100 years old and has recently undergone major reconstruction of the interior, which is now richly decorated with gilt and beautiful marble in the foyer and wide main staircase. Many stars of Ukrainian and world opera have performed here, such as Enrico Caruso, Mattia Battistini, Solomiya Krushelnytska, and others. An extensive and varied programmes of opera and ballet is regularly performed here throughout the year, and particularly during the summer months.

Lviv Picture Gallery has one of the largest collections of European paintings in the country, with over 1000 paintings on display, and 5 000 in storage.

Lviv is also famous for its churches and monasteries, among which are the Roman Catholic Cathedral, Uspensky Church, St George's Cathedral, Church of St John the Baptist, Jesuit Church, and many others. Lviv is also famous for its Museum of Historic Religions.

Inside the Town Arsenal, there is the Museum of Old Arms, with a display of various arms taken from over 30 countries.

 Founded in 1816, Lviv Polytechnic National University is the oldest technical higher educational institution in Ukraine and East Europe and, with a student population of around 30,000, is also among the country’s largest polytechnic institutions.

The university became a centre of scientific and technological research during the nineteenth century. Later, during the interbellum period, Lviv Polytechnic National University was one of central Europe’s most well-known technical educational institutions alongside The Warsaw University of Technology. In 1936, the university was awarded by Order Polonia Restituta by President Ignacy Mościcki for outstanding achievements in the field of education.

Today the university is comprised of 114 departments divided between 16 academic institutes, each of which is autonomous. The university offers Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctoral Degree programs, and enrollment requires prospective students to pass an entrance exam before being accepted.

During the university's long history there have been some particularly noteworthy professors who have conducted research or taught at Lviv Polytechnic National University. Professor Kazimierz Bartel, who had served as the Polish Prime Minister three times before taking up a professorship at the university, along with other professors such as mathematician Włodzimierz Stożek, and designer of the first welded road bridge, Stefan Bryła.

We invite you to discover the pleasure! Welcome to Lviv! 

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