Nick-named the city of Lion, Lviv, is the cultural capital of Western Ukraine and has managed to preserve a lot of its historic architectural beauty. The whole Old Town: the historic city's center is included on the UNESCO world heritage list.
It was founded in 1256 by King Danylo Halytsky, and named after his son, Lev (lion in Ukrainian). The city of Lion over time has become the city of many lions; these mascots are prominently featured on virtually every corner of the Old Town.
The architectural ensemble of Ploshcha Rynok (the Rynok Square) in Lviv, with its cobblestone roads and architecturally diverse buildings gravitating toward the European Renaissance style, has been the cultural heart of Lviv for ages. From the Tower of the City Hall where every visitor can enjoy the panoramic view of the city. Other sights worth visiting are the Lviv University founded in 1661, which makes it the oldest university in Ukraine, the Baroque style Dominican Cathedral, the Armenian Church, the beautiful neo-Renaissance style Opera and Ballet Theater and the Art-Nouveau style building of the main railway station.