The city of Lviv is situated at the crossroads of ancient trade ways by which traders from various countries traveled with their goods from north to south, from east to west and vice versa. Lviv is the center of continental Europe.
The city stands on a boundary of the two great cultures: the Latin to the West and the Greek Byzantine – to the east.
An interesting fact is that through our city lays the main European watershed, which separates the rivers of the Black and Baltic seas. This picturesque geographical area is called – Roztochchya on the hills of which stretches original Lviv.
Exactly this, in many ways unique location of the city, was the reason that the city of Lviv has never been on the sidelines of history. It is not surprising that even today some nationalities consider Lviv as their own city. Here often overlapped the economical and political interests of influential families, nationalities and even entire states. But despite this violent and fleeting history, our city has never lost its optimism, humour and charm inherent only to it.
Throughout its history our city is named differently – Львів (in Ukrainian), Lwow (in Polish), Lemberg (in German), Lvov (in Russian), Leopolis (in Latin), Lviv (in English), etc. But despite of everything, Lviv has always been a western outpost of the Ukrainian nation – and in times of slavery, and during the independence of the Ukrainian people.
The special charm of the city for several centuries, inspires writers, calls the artists to easels and creates an extraordinary atmosphere.
Lviv is a city-museum. In 1975 there was created a historical and architectural reserve, which covers the territory of the medieval city, and in December 1998 the complex of architectural monuments of medieval center of Lviv was included in the List of World Cultural Heritage of UNESCO.
To experience the extraordinary atmosphere of our city, it is enough only once to visit Lviv, but having been here once, you will surely want to come back here again and again. We invite you to stroll by the narrow streets, to taste the sweet Lviv coffee, to feel the taste of the city life, to estimate the architectural heritage of past generations and to visit churches of different confessions.