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Ivano-Frankivsk

N 4855.018', E 2442.536'
2008-10-12,2012-05-13,2014-06-08
http://www.mvk.if.ua/aboutcity
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Ivano-Frankivsk is a nice cozy city in Western Ukraine. Such famous landmarks of Carpathians as The Rocks of Dovbush or Yaremche can be easily accessed from here. Besides, many people use Ivano-Frankivsk as a starting point for trips to the ski resort Bukovel.

The downtown is quite compact. You won't have to travel by public transport, you can just walk. The streets are cozy and quiet, there are no broad avenues with lots of noisy traffic. In the first decade of the 2000s a lot of old buildings and squares were rebuilt.

Since 2002 Ivano-Frankivsk holds yearly competition of blacksmith art. You can find the works on the streets.

Work of Kyiv masters for the blacksmith art competition
Work of Kyiv masters for the blacksmith art competition Yuriy Buriak


Ivano-Frankivsk
Ivano-Frankivsk Yuriy Buriak


Ivano-Frankivsk
Ivano-Frankivsk Yuriy Buriak

Fans of fountains will be pleased: Ivano-Frankivsk has at least two interesting fountains. The first one is a copy of Kyiv fountain on the Nezalezhnosti (Independence) Square, and the second one is built in the form of a huge bowl. You can stand under the fountain right behind the streams of water.

Interesting fountain in the downtown
Interesting fountain in the downtown Yuriy Buriak

Fountain on the Nezalezhnosti (Independence) Street
Fountain on the Nezalezhnosti (Independence) Street Yuriy Buriak

On the Market Square in the downtown you can find the City Hall. It was originally built in 1672 in the late Renaissance style, destroyed during the World War I and then rebuilt in 1929-1935.

Near the City Hall you can find a tourist information kiosk where you can buy maps, brochures and sign up for a tour around the city.

Market square in Ivano-Frankivsk
Market square in Ivano-Frankivsk Yuriy Buriak

City Hall, a symbol of the city
City Hall, a symbol of the city Yuriy Buriak

Walking in the blocks around the Market Square we found many interesting places. The city had a fortress, but it is almost completely destroyed. Some walls left in the center and they were used as a part of a shopping complex and gallery. Looks pretty nice.

Fortress gallery
Fortress gallery "BASTION" Yuriy Buriak


Fortress gallery
Fortress gallery "BASTION" Yuriy Buriak


Fortress gallery
Fortress gallery "BASTION" Yuriy Buriak

Evil ukrainian nationalists killed SpongeBob :)

Ivano-Frankivsk
Ivano-Frankivsk Yuriy Buriak

Sheptytsky square is notable for the cathedral that is no longer the cathedral but the museum. This is obvious, because crosses were removed.

Sheptytsky square
Sheptytsky square Yuriy Buriak


Sheptytsky square
Sheptytsky square Yuriy Buriak

Beautiful old courtyard

Ivano-Frankivsk
Ivano-Frankivsk Yuriy Buriak

Monument to the famous ukrainian beekeeper Peter Prokopovich.

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Memorial plate to the people who died in Kiev in 2014.

Ivano-Frankivsk
Ivano-Frankivsk Yuriy Buriak

The city has Potocki palace, but it is in neglected state and located in the closed area. Only gate is restored.

Potocki Palace gate in Ivano-Frankivsk
Potocki Palace gate in Ivano-Frankivsk Yuriy Buriak

There is also a large lake with an island in Ivano-Frankivsk.

City lake
City lake Yuriy Buriak

City lake
City lake Yuriy Buriak

City lake
City lake Yuriy Buriak

Bridge to the island on the city lake
Bridge to the island on the city lake Yuriy Buriak

Nezalegnosti street (Independence) is a traditional for tourist towns pedestrian street. By the way, we found here some secret places. For example we went inside this house and saw beautiful stained glass windows.

Ivano-Frankivsk
Ivano-Frankivsk Yuriy Buriak


Ivano-Frankivsk
Ivano-Frankivsk Yuriy Buriak


Ivano-Frankivsk
Ivano-Frankivsk Yuriy Buriak

And a little further found a nice patio

Ivano-Frankivsk
Ivano-Frankivsk Yuriy Buriak

More photos of Ivano-Frankivsk

Nezalezhnosti (Independence) Street
Nezalezhnosti (Independence) Street Yuriy Buriak

Pokrovskyi Cathedral
Pokrovskyi Cathedral Nastya Mironets

Holy Resurrection Cathedral
Holy Resurrection Cathedral Yuriy Buriak


Independence Street
Independence Street Yuriy Buriak


Ivano-Frankivsk
Ivano-Frankivsk Yuriy Buriak


Ivano-Frankivsk
Ivano-Frankivsk Yuriy Buriak


Ivano-Frankivsk
Ivano-Frankivsk Yuriy Buriak


Tourist map of Ivano-Frankivsk
Tourist map of Ivano-Frankivsk Akern / wikipedia.org

Getting there: By night train from Kyiv.

Tags, Ukraine: cathedral, city, lake, town hall

Tags, all countries: cathedral, city, lake, town hall
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