City Hall

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Market Square, Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine

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The city's most recognizable building Feb 06, 2018
The City Hall built in 1928-1932 is called the most recognizable building of Ivano-Frankivsk. The first version of the city hall erected in 1666 was made of wood. In that time, it was both the location of the local administration and the observation post. The present city hall building is the fourth version. Interestingly, it was constructed in the form of the Polish military order of Virtuti Militari, as seen from above. The order was awarded to the soldiers and officers of the Polish army of Józef Haller for the elimination of the West-Ukrainian People’s Republic during the Polish-Ukrainian war of 1919. Therefore, the entire City Hall building was built to glorify the victorious Polish Army.

The City Hall located in Market Square (“ploshcha Rynok” in Ukrainian) is the only one in Ukraine built in the style of constructivism that prevailed in the 1930s. In addition, it is the only secular building in Ukraine that has a gilded dome. It was gilded during a large-scale reconstruction of the city center in 2000, consuming 200 g of gold leaf.

The City Hall is the highest building in Ivano-Frankivsk. It is 49.5 m high, which corresponds to the height of a 16-storey apartment house. The construction is a cross, and the tower raises at its the intersection.

We paid a symbolic fee and climbed the spiral staircase to the City Hall tower located at the height of 33 meters. On the way to the observation platform, you can see an exhibition of wrought iron works created by the participants of the traditional Blacksmiths’ Festival. The views from the observation platform were really impressive. We were privileged to enjoy good weather as well.

The Town Hall contains the local lore museum dedicated in 1959. The museum uses former casemates and warehouses. The local lore museum has a fairly extensive exposition, including exhibits of the ancient Trypillia culture that is also referred to as the magnificent ancient civilization of Cucuteni – Trypillia. For a symbolic fee, you can view the large collection of exhibits from the history, ethnography and culture of the entire Subcarpathian region.

There are 14 buildings in Market Square that have preserved their historical appearance.

There is a side entrance to the City Hall (to the left of the main one), where you can find an information centre and a souvenir store.
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Paulovic says:
Congrats on your featured review!
Posted on: Dec 27, 2017
odiseya says:
Congratulation on your Today's Featured Travel Review Award! Well done!
Posted on: Dec 27, 2017
Victor, congrats on your featured review. Unfortunately on all my trips to Ukraine I never really made it to Ivano-Frankivsk. - Merry Christmas and a happy new year 2018 with many interesting trips to you and your family.
Posted on: Dec 26, 2017
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