18. Ploshcha Rynok, Lviv


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Undoubtedly, Lviv is one of the top draws in Ukraine. Originally founded in the kingdom of Galicia-Volhynia, an off-splinter from Kievska Rus, it fairly soon fell under Polish rule. When Poland was partitioned in the end of the 18th century, the city became part of the Habsburg. After WWI, it was back in Poland, and not until after WWII fell under the rule of Moscow. The old town is full of beautiful buildings and it has a very nice and lively atmosphere, with a good mix of tourists and local population.

Ploshcha Rynok is the central square in the old town. Here is a scene from the tower of the Town Hall which stands in the middle of the square.