History of Lviv
Lviv (also known
as Lvov, Lemberg, Leopolis) the biggest city in Western Ukraine, was founded as
a fort in the mid-13th century by King Danylo Halitski of Galicia, one of the most powerful
kings in east-central Europe and a former principality of Kievan Rus'. City was named after his son Lev.
Located roughly in the midpoint of Europe, it quickly became the center of trade
and commerce. Major trade roads from the Black and Baltic Sea ports, East and Western
Europe led to its rapid economic development.
Due to its geographical location the city was a meeting place of Ukrainian, Polish,
Jewish and Austrian cultures. Armenians, Hungarians, Greeks, Italians, Serbs, Moldavians
and many more others lived there for the duration of many centuries. All of them
together had introduced wide variety of traditions, cultures, religions and a mix
Now, Lviv is a major economic and cultural center of the Western region of independent