The capital of Prykarpattya Ivano-Frankivsk deservedly is known not only as a "gateway to the Carpathians", but also as a "small Lviv" with its medieval roots, European charm and modern curiosities.

The city, like many others in the western regions, owes its foundation to the Polish gentry. The coronet hetman Stanislav Pototsky hunted in these places, and his son Andrzej laid the present settlement somewhere in 1650-1660., And something from that time went to us. Since the end of the 17 century stands once the marvelous stone palace Potocki, and now - repeatedly rebuilt complex of castle buildings, remains of ramparts and bastions of the former fortress. Authentic appearance was retained only by the entrance gate and stone fence, decorated with knightly symbolism.

City Hall in the Market Square in 2015 year will be 320 years old. In a break between world wars, the Poles managed to give it an interesting form with a lot of curls and a unique gold-plated covering of the top. Today the Town Hall is no longer a city council, but a museum of local lore - more than 120 thousand exhibits (embroideries, ceramics, crafts made of wood, leather, etc.), with regular exhibitions, and on Sundays in this thick of cultural events collectors-numismatists . I can not believe that only 300 years ago prisoners in the local dungeon - rebel-oprichki, including the legendary Oleksa Dovbush. The Town Hall is also famous for the fact that in 1990 the first blue-yellow banner, the future national symbol of Ukraine, was raised above it.

And the Art Museum is housed in another oldest building - the Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary, richly decorated with paintings, sculptures, columns and frescoes. To feel the spirit of the old city, once run by the Armenian and Jewish communities armed with Magdeburg law, be sure to look at the church and monastery - the offspring of the Jesuit fathers, and the Armenian church. The central building of the Medical University is famous for its original architecture of neo-renaissance and stucco molding. There is in the city and its necropolis - Stanislaviv ancient cemetery, where each monument is a creation of monumental art.

For the "green" holiday in Ivano-Frankivsk suitable park them. Shevchenko, who is near the City Lake. In the park there are two ponds of fantastic shape and with the inhabitants - one even nicknamed "Swan Lake" for an islet with houses for ducks and swans. Another popular recreation area is the green memorial square behind the hotel "Nadia" with a chapel and the graves of several Galician heroes. Since February 2014, the hero of the Heavenly Hundred Hundred 19-year-old Roman Gurik is buried here. The mound above it is always in fresh colors and wreaths - here constantly come and townspeople, and visitors.

Local Khreshchatyk, where you can see the local audience massively and culturally relax - this is the so-called "hundred-meter", in Frankish "weaving", in reality - about half a kilometer pedestrian street (and there are many of them in the city) that best represents the European Ivano- Frankivsk. Although it was planned at the Union, the impression is that the flowers on the balconies of these elegant buildings were still watered by the Austrians. Walking here ladies as on selection in elegant dresses - correspond to an atmosphere of a place where the promenade is ceremoniously made and stylish music sounds. On the weekends, original bands often play here, and they do not have a lack of listeners and fans. On the "weave", as well as in the surroundings, there are lots of forged masterpieces - master's gifts, annually in the first days of May come here to the "Feast of the Smiths". The festival became traditional, and the residents of Ivano-Frankivsk got used to the fact that blacksmiths go and leave, and the fruits of their labors, such as forged sun, wood or camera, remain adorning the city in the most unexpected places.

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