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If you ask a specialist in geography, he’ll say that L'viv is a city in Ukraine. But do you really know much about Ukraine? It is a beautiful country in Eastern Europe with mountains (the Carpathian, the Crimean) and plains, with rivers, seas and lakes, with forests and fields, with cold winters and warm summers.
And L'viv is one of Ukraine’s regional cities, situated in the hills of picturesque Roztochchya, where the main European watershed, dividing the rivers of the Baltic and Black Seas basins, passes. L'viv stands at the crossroads that connects Western and Eastern Europe overland.
Ask an historian and he will take a lot of your time to tell you very very briefly. In the middle of the 13th century, in the hills alongside the Poltva river at the site of an ancient settlement, Danylo, the King of Halychyna (sometimes called by its other name Galicia) and Volyn, founded a castle-town and named it in honor of his son, Lev.
Ask anybody who has visited L'viv and they all will tell you at once of the warmth of hospitality, the wealth of exquisite art and culture, the colourful folk traditions and the cosmopolitan mixture of many nations. But the city of L'viv speaks for itself better than any visitor can. This is a town with a long and proud history, where dreams are said to come true and where every street has a legend. Those who have visited L'viv often return again and again, as if drawn by its magic attraction. Come and experience it for yourself!