Ivano-Frankovsk is the European city, the unordinary beautiful region center, in which unified with harmony the old times and the modern times, the variety of epochs and stiles. The city is not large: one can cross it in 40 minutes. The population is 246 thousands citizens.
In the city there are about 500 architectural monuments. The major sights are: the Armenian Church (1742) and the Cathedral of St. Resurrection (1753-1763), performed in baroque stile; the Jesuitical college, where in 1750th studied the famous polish poet Frantishek Karpinski; the Castle of Pototski (12-13th centuries); Jesuitical (1715) and Parish Roman Catholic Church (1672-1703); the Church of Virgin Mary (1672-1703), which now is the museum of arts with 10 thousands of artworks and also the music-dramatic theatre.
Ivano-Frankovsk is one of the few Ukrainian cities, where in almost unchangeable view remained the past, in the center of which is the 49,5 m height town hall with the gilded cupola and the Market square nearby. The town hall (1695) has the cruciform view, the underground served as the place of imprisonment. Now there is the museum. Not far from the town hall there is situated not large but marvelous park. Here is the pedestrian street, which ends with the small square with beautiful music fountain.
The cathedral with the graves of Pototski (1700) – is the second ancient building in the city after the town hall. Now it is the museum, where are situated the icon artworks, paints and baroque sculptures of the national region.
In the city there is the rare sample of the industrial architecture of Ukraine in the second half of the 18th century – the brewery, which is used according to its primarily purpose nowadays. The building of the brewery is the oldest in Ukraine among the similar enterprises.
There take place the restoration works of the rests of the fortress wall and the building of the historical complex on the Novgorodskaia Street, which should reflect one of the defence bastions of the old Stanislavov (the former name of Ivano-Frankovsk). According to the historical data this is the only octagonal fortress in the world. Since recently there are the excavations of the underground paths and catacombs, they are considered to join 6 bastions of the old fortress.
The extraordinary event for the city with the European architecture was the appearance of the museum of Ukrainian graffiti in Ivano-Frankovsk.
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The Collegial Church of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary is the oldest sanctuary of Ivano-Frankivsk. First, the founder of the city Ivano-Frankivsk Andrew Potocki built on that place a wooden Roman Catholic Church. It was the time,Read more...