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Lviv (Львів)

The premier cultural center and unofficial capital of western Ukraine, Lviv (Lwów, Lemberg, Lvov in Polish, German and Russian respectively) is now arguably the most significant and thoroughly intact tourist destination in the country. Polish for some 430 years after the decline of the Kievan Rus, the city later became the capital of Austrian Galicia and Lodomeria following the First Partition of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. Under the rule of Poland again following World War II, it finally was merged with Soviet Ukraine after 1944, with most of its Polish inhabitants expelled to the 'Recovered Territories' of what is now western Poland.
Decorative facade on vul Hnatyuka
Decorative facade on vul Hnatyuka
Kids playing on prospekt Svobody
Kids playing on prospekt Svobody
Ivan Franko Opera & Ballet Theatre
Ivan Franko Opera & Ballet Theatre
Top facade of the Opera Theatre
Top facade of the Opera Theatre
Shevchenko statue and folk relief on the square
Shevchenko statue and folk relief on the square
Entering the town center via vul Beryndy
Entering the town center via vul Beryndy
Roman Catholic Cathedral off vul Beryndy
Roman Catholic Cathedral off vul Beryndy
Trio of reliefs on the cathedral facade
Trio of reliefs on the cathedral facade
Boyim Chapel
Boyim Chapel
Exterior relief on the Boyim Chapel
Exterior relief on the Boyim Chapel
Relief above the chapel entrance
Relief above the chapel entrance
Relief of Pope John Paul II on the cathedral
Relief of Pope John Paul II on the cathedral
Tram lines entering pl Rynok
Tram lines entering pl Rynok
Decorated lantern-post on pl Rynok
Decorated lantern-post on pl Rynok
Statue of Amphitrite on pl Rynok
Statue of Amphitrite on pl Rynok
Restored facades on the north side of pl Rynok
Restored facades on the north side of pl Rynok
Group of facades, pl Rynok
Group of facades, pl Rynok
Pair of historic facades and the Black Mansion
Pair of historic facades and the Black Mansion
vul Drukarska along pl Rynok
vul Drukarska along pl Rynok
Statue of Diana on the square
Statue of Diana on the square
Statue of Neptune, pl Rynok
Statue of Neptune, pl Rynok
Streetcar tracks running across pl Rynok
Streetcar tracks running across pl Rynok
Uspenska Church
Uspenska Church
Statue of Vyacheslav Chornovil
Statue of Vyacheslav Chornovil
St. Mary Carmelite Monastery
St. Mary Carmelite Monastery
Nikifor monument
Nikifor monument
Interior of the Dominican Church & Monastery
Interior of the Dominican Church & Monastery
Dominican Church & Monastery
Dominican Church & Monastery
Backstreet cafe
Backstreet cafe
Peeking out an old town window
Peeking out an old town window
Armenian Cathedral
Armenian Cathedral
Crucifixion scene in the courtyard of the church
Crucifixion scene in the courtyard of the church
Transfiguration Church
Transfiguration Church
Church of St. Mary
Church of St. Mary
Quiet old town street
Quiet old town street
Benedictine Church & Monastery
Benedictine Church & Monastery
Church of St. John the Baptist
Church of St. John the Baptist
Lviv's Old Town from above
Lviv's Old Town from above
Ukrainian flag atop Castle Hill
Ukrainian flag atop Castle Hill
Domes and towers of the Old Town
Domes and towers of the Old Town
Distant Soviet-era suburb
Distant Soviet-era suburb
Striking structure near Park Vysoky Zamok
Striking structure near Park Vysoky Zamok
Modern tram in the Old Town
Modern tram in the Old Town
Late afternoon light on pl Rynok
Late afternoon light on pl Rynok
Statue of St. George on pl Generala Hryhorenka
Statue of St. George on pl Generala Hryhorenka
Photo exhibit on pr Svobody
Photo exhibit on pr Svobody
Jesuit Church
Jesuit Church
Statue of Ivan Pidkova (Ioan Potocoavă)
Statue of Ivan Pidkova (Ioan Potocoavă)
A sunny morning on pl Rynok
A sunny morning on pl Rynok
Medieval facade on pl Rynok
Medieval facade on pl Rynok
Sunlit facades, pl Rynok
Sunlit facades, pl Rynok
Lantern and weathered stone facade
Lantern and weathered stone facade
Lantern-post on pl Rynok
Lantern-post on pl Rynok
Transfiguration Church in the morning light
Transfiguration Church in the morning light
Winding old town lane
Winding old town lane
Royal Arsenal
Royal Arsenal
Uspenska (Assumption) Church and belltower
Uspenska (Assumption) Church and belltower
Sculpture in the grounds of the Bernadine Church
Sculpture in the grounds of the Bernadine Church
Column on pl Soborna
Column on pl Soborna
Bernadine Church & Monastery
Bernadine Church & Monastery
Statue of King Danylo Halytsky
Statue of King Danylo Halytsky
pl Danyla Halytskoho
pl Danyla Halytskoho
Statue of historian Mykhailo Hrushevsky
Statue of historian Mykhailo Hrushevsky
Approach to Cathedral of St George
Approach to Cathedral of St George
Ukrainian Catholic St. George's Cathedral
Ukrainian Catholic St. George's Cathedral
Interior of the cathedral
Interior of the cathedral
Lviv University
Lviv University
Taras Shevchenko statue on pr Svobody
Taras Shevchenko statue on pr Svobody
Street cafe and old town architecture
Street cafe and old town architecture
Small building detail on vul Krakivska
Small building detail on vul Krakivska
Outer walls of St. Nicholas Church
Outer walls of St. Nicholas Church
St. Nicholas Church
St. Nicholas Church
Belltower at Church of St. Pyatnytsa
Belltower at Church of St. Pyatnytsa
Iconostasis within St. Pyatnytsa Church
Iconostasis within St. Pyatnytsa Church
Lower facade of the Black Mansion
Lower facade of the Black Mansion
Lanterns along vul Ruska
Lanterns along vul Ruska
Bookstore sign, vul Ruska
Bookstore sign, vul Ruska
Cast-iron cross within Lychakivsky Cemetery
Cast-iron cross within Lychakivsky Cemetery
Mausoleums, Lychakivsky Cemetery
Mausoleums, Lychakivsky Cemetery
Empty path through the cemetery
Empty path through the cemetery
Flower-adorned grave of Ivan Franko
Flower-adorned grave of Ivan Franko
Headless statue within Lychakivsky Cemetery
Headless statue within Lychakivsky Cemetery
Facades and wires off pr Svobody
Facades and wires off pr Svobody
Pototsky Palace
Pototsky Palace