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We invite you on a trip from Kiev to Lvov and few other cities on the way in Western Ukraine.  

Lviv is one of few cities in Ukraine which has managed to preserve its architecture undistorted in its original form as it was formed by the 18th century. When you are on the streets of Lvov the architecture of buildings, ornaments and decorations is totally mesmerising. The traveller is left with impression that he/she ventured through the time and back into the couple of centuries. There is a paddle under the feet, bricks and stones on the walls, concrete curls on the windows and buildings’ facades and the tile on the roofs. For the impression to be entirely complete only one thing is lacking, it is a horse cab or horse-towed carriages. Once you sniff a gas emissions from the modern car passed by you are pulled back into the reality.

The downtown of Lvov has been marked as UNESKO heritage.

Lviv was founded by Ukrainian (or Old Rus) Duke in the 13 century. Since that time the city dozens of times passed to the different rulers and different states. It was under the power of Hungary, Poland, Austria, then Poland again having soaked up the different styles and approaches in architecture and city development. The dominating styles for the majority of the buildings are Empire style and Rococo. However, the eclectics is a common fact in Lviv architecture, too.

There are a large number of Catholic churches. Lvov and it is generally true for the whole region of Western Ukraine, has a large number of Catholic churches and Catholic confessions. This is largely explained by the long period of Poland political influence.

During the Soviet times Lviv region was taken from the Poland power. The population suffered from cruelty of Soviet and NazisLviv_from_the_top repressions and from Poland who also wanted to maintain its influence over the territory. But the most cruel was Soviet occupation. The Soviet government had a plan according to which it intended to resettle, disseminate and wipe out the Ukrainian nation in general. There were two artificial hungers created in Ukraine. Ukraine human losses during these hungers amount to minimum 10 million people. Another 1 million was capitally executed in the special camps (or prisons) in Siberia. And hundreds of thousands died during the resettlement. This was a gradually and consistently developed plan by Soviet Russian Empire to eradicate the Ukrainian nation.

The population of Western Ukraine put out a resistance. Not being able to put up with the cruelty and injustice of the Soviet Russian communists many of man and women in Lviv and Lviv region went to become partisans and led their war against the Soviet Empire. Political technologies in the Soviet Union put all efforts to distort the evidence and created a misconception about the activity of the partisans. Unfortunately, a large part of this misconception exists now in society particularly between the East, the West and the South regions of Ukraine. This largely attributes to the fact that for a long time these regions remained under the different political and ideological powers.

Remarkably, having adopted so amply the art styles and technical skills, the population of Lviv and Lviv area has strongly preserved and fiercely protected their identity, their culture and their traditions. At present, the chances are high that if you plan your trip to Lvov you will happen to come to Lvov during one of many cultural events, festivals and celebrations, national and local. They vigorously revere their ancestors and eminent figures and they are very proud of their city and put a lot into the meaning “citizen of Lviv” or “lvovyanin”.

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