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Ivano-Frankivsk is the city where you can feel the soul of Ukraine, its nation and culture.
There are so many old and new things happening in town every day; as the Ukraine is rising, Ivano-Frankivsk is rising too. Sometimes too fast, sometimes too slow, but it's going the right way.
Ivano-Frankivsk is the centre of Ukrainian Carpathian region as Hoverla mountain (2061m, the highest in Ukraine) and most of Carpathian tourist resorts are here, some 120km away. Ivano-Frankivsk is the centre of Halychyna (famous part of Ukraine) as city of Halych (Royal city of Danylo King of Halych) is 20 km from here. Ivano-Frankivsk is one of Ukrainian Historical centres as Union Agreement between West Ukraine and Greater Ukraine was signed here back in 1919.
Ukraine's area is larger then of France or Germany. Population is 46 000 000 people. Capital city Kyiv.
Ivano-Frankivsk city is located in the Western Ukraine, close to Lviv and Ternopil, some 150km, and 600km from Kyiv, Ukrainian capital.
There is train station, bus station and airport with local and international flights.
Population is around 250 000 people. t's a city of very dynamic development, nice architecture. reach Ukrainian traditions and culture.
Distance to Ukrainian border wit EU countries Poland, Slovakia, Hungary and Romania is some more than 100 km.
The city it a gateway to the Carpatian mountains, holiday resorts and national parks.
Hoverla mountain, the highest in Ukraine, is about 120 km from here. Bukovel, large modern all-year-round mountain resort is 110km away. Yaremche is the large tourist area. Along with famous resort towns Mykulychyn, Tatariv, Vorokhta it's popular tourist destionation.
Ivano-Frankivsk is also a regional centre. Regional units in Ukraine are called oblast. To Ivano-Frankivsk oblast belong other cities like Kolomyia, Kalush, Rohatyn, Kosiv, Verkhovyna and others.
Ivano-Frankivsk is one of the cultural centres of Ukraine with deep historical roots and national traditions.
Group of popular modern Ukrainian writers here in 1990's was called "Stanislavskyi Phenomen".
Yuri Andrukhovych, a popular writer in Ukraine and abroad, is from Ivano-Frankivsk.
Another famous Ukrainian writer who lives in town is Taras Prokhasko.
Yuri Izdryk, writer from nearby city Kalush is also working actively in Ivano-Frankivsk, organizing exhibitions and art projects.
Regular art events and presentations take place at Khymera Restaurant/Bar in Chornovola St. and Yeah Bookstore/Harmyder Art Cafe in Nezalezhnosti St., both located in city centre.
Paintings' exhibitions take place at The Ukrainain Artists Union, 52 Nezalezhnosti St.
Many cultural events are being held at Ivano-Frankivsk Musical and Drama Theatre, Philarmonia, National House N1.
Most popular events are Taras Shevchenko Days 09-10 Mar,
Ivano-Frankivsk City Day 07 May,
International Blacksmiths' Festival 08 May,
Ukrainian Independence Day 24 Aug,
Day of UPA 14 Oct (Ukrainian Insurgent Army 1942-1950s),
Day of ZUNR and UNR Unity 22 Jan (West Ukrainian National Republic and Ukrainian National Republic).
Ivano-Frankivsk (those days Stanislaviv) was the capital on ZUNR in January 1919 and here UNR and ZUNR Unity was proclaimed.
Nowadays Ivano-Frankivsk has quite a few museums.
Regional Museum at Rarusha,
Sacral Arts of Halychyna Museum,
Liberation Wars Museum,
and others. More: www.museum.if.ua
Folk festivals are being held in city centre and in summer in city park during major holidays, like Christmas, Easter, Ivano-Frankivsk City Day, Green Holidays/Pentecost, St.Johns' Day 07 Jul, Ukrainian Independence Day 24 Aug.