We are happy to announce that we are starting a new cognitive column “Cities and Places of Ukraine” at Skovoroda Institute.
So, the first city about will be Ivano-Frankivsk, or, as it’s named, Stanislav, or even simply – Franik!
The city of Ivano-Frankivsk is one of the largest cities in Galicia. It’s a cultural and economic center of Prykarpattya, which is so-called Ukrainian gates to the Carpathians.
The first name of the city was Stanislav, it was in honor of the Polish nobleman Stanislav Potocki.
Ivano-Frankivsk became a city only in 1962.
Why is it called Ivano-Frankivsk? Actually, no one knows, because Ivan Franko – an outstanding Ukrainian poet and writer, didn’t often visit the city.
The city is extremely cozy and comfortable. Ancient architecture is combined with modern buildings there. It is relatively small and quiet. You will not see big groups of tourists here. Time goes quietly and swiftly. You can enjoy a wonderful landscape of the Carpathians from different corners of the city. You will find it breathtaking, for sure. By the way, you can also have extremely romantic dates in the park of Shevchenko near the city lake, where you can even rent a boat. Would not you like to go for a walk along narrow atmospheric streets where nobody will bother you. Therefore, it is not surprising that in the ratings of convenience of living, Ivano-Frankivsk annually takes the first place among other Ukrainian cities.
Ivano-Frankivsk for its beauty also is called a little Lviv.
And this is true. But Ivano-Frankivsk has its own soul. And its soul is unique. You can not compare it with something else. By the way, for some time Frankivsk was the capital of the Western Ukrainian Republic (a state formed on the ethnic Ukrainian lands that were part of Austria-Hungary after the end of the First World War and the collapse of this empire).
Of course, the city has disadvantages, too, but recently they are being actively eliminated. Ivano-Frankivsk has been a large construction site during last years. However, broken streets and excessive advertising on buildings are still common. Also, in our opinion, the insufficient attention is paid to the development of tourism. There is too little information about the city. Although there are plenty of cultural events and festivals, it is worthwhile to work on them.
You are quiet unlikely to be stay in Ivana-Frankivsk for a long period of time, because it will take you only one day to get around there, but there are the picturesque Carpathian Mountains, the mighty Dniester River not far form the city, you can visit Galich, the capital of The Principality of Galicia–Volhynia and one of the largest cities of Europe of that time. But let’s talk about it separately.
Welcome to Ivano-Frankivsk!