Lviv is the largest city in western Ukraine and was founded in the 13th century. Ruled by various countries in the past, Lviv is a landscape painted by the traditions of the nations that ruled the city during different time periods. Today, Lviv is the official cultural capital of Ukraine.
Lviv National Academic Opera House and Ballet Theatre is an opera house located in the central square of the city. You'll get to see various architectural features on the façade – including multiple sculptural figures – and a trio of bronze winged statues. Bandinelli Palace, the 16th century home of a sculptor, is a late Renaissance townhouse that was used as a post office. Designed using various styles, Kornyakt Palace is a fine example of Ukranian architecture. This palace houses paintings, mosaics and furniture belonging to the 19th century. Kornyakt Palace is best known for its Italian courtyard which, as the name suggests, is reminiscent of the typical courtyards in Rome and Florence.
The Armenian Cathedral in Lviv was founded by an Armenian merchant. The oldest part of this cathedral preserves Renaissance arcades and columns. The interior is decorated with colourful wall paintings, vibrant frescoes and marble arches. The Bernardine Cathedral and Monastery is another place of interest in Lviv. Its façade is adorned with statues of the sacred order of Bernardine and the images of Jesus and Mary.