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Holiday in Ukraine


Ivano-Frankivsk is a historic Ukrainian city next to the Carpathian foothills in western Ukraine. It has a well-preserved old town with more than two hundred thousand residents and merits at least a day trip. 

It can be reached by overnight train or by plane from Kiev and other Ukrainian cities. The city is over 95% Ukrainian speaking.

Ivano-Frankivsk was founded in 1662 as the town of Stanislawow. After the first partition of Poland (1772) the town was held by Austria till 1919. It occupied an important position on the northern approach to the Yablonitsa Pass over the Carpathians. From 1919 till 1939 the city was a part of Poland. In 1939 together with all the western Ukraine it became the part of Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic. 

In 1945 the city was ceded to the Soviet Union and named Stanislav and in 1962 when city turned 300 years old it was renamed and since that time it bears the name of the great Ukrainian writer and social worker Ivan Franko who often visited the town, wrote and read his works there. In the early 1990s the city was one of the centers of Ukrainian independence movement.  

The Baroque city center of Ivano-Frankovsk can be toured by foot. Tourists will see theCathedral, the old brewery, and the Armenian Church as they walk along. Then, they can also visit museums such as the Regional Museum and the Museum of Art if they want to find out about the local art and the lifestyles of Ukrainians.

Another popular tourist spot is the Market Square This is where the old city hall, known as Ratusha, and the Armenian Church are located. A couple more churches are also found here. These are the Church of the Holy Resurrection and the Church of Virgin Mary. Jesuit Kostel and the monument of the Battle of Grunwald are other interesting sights, as well.

Tourists may also delight in wandering around the large Shevchenko Park and the Market Place. They could also shop in stores situated at the Stometrivka of the Halytska Street. Or they could go to the White House with monuments of Shevchenko and Franko. And when they get tired, they could check out the good dining places around. Ivano-Frankovsk dishes are good and inexpensive. So, one could have a full meal that is very reasonably priced. Even local pubs sell really cheap beers and snacks.