Ivano-Frankivsk is located in south-western Ukraine. It was founded as a Polish city of Stanyslaviv by a Polish nobleman Andrzej Potocki, who settled here with his family.Originally, the city was erected as a fortress to protect the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth from Tatar invasions. At that time, the first brick church (later raised to the rank of a collegiate) was erected in Stanyslaviv, and in 1669, Potocki founded the academic colony under the auspices of Krakow Academy. The Potocki family of the Pilawa Coat of Arms turned the city into one of their family residencies.
Following World War II, the city was annexed to Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic, and on the city's 300th anniversary, Stanyslaviv was renamed to Ivano-Frankivsk, to honour the Ukrainian writer and poet Ivan Franko.
What to see in Ivano-Frankivsk?
Fara, also known as the Collegiate Church of Virgin Mary and Saint Stanislaus (formerly a collegiate, now a parish church) – erected in 1695 and restored between 1929–1932 (following a fire in 1882); Ratusha, a former city hall; and a Jesuit Kostel (collage). There is also the 18th century late baroque Armenian church, former Potocki Palace (razed to the ground during the Austrian partition), Tempel Synagogue, Roman Catholic Church and Trinitarians monastery, as well as a Monument to Adam Mickiewicz.
Baroque-styled Sheptytsky square is also worth a look. There you will find aforementioned Collegiate Church of the Virgin Mary, as well as the Greek Catholic cathedral under the call of Christ’s resurrection, and the buildings of the former Jesuits’ monastery.
While you are walking around the city, keep an eye for forged sculptures – Blacksmith Day has been celebrated for several years now in Ivano-Frankivsk. Blacksmiths from all over the world come to Ukraine to team up and create those special pieces of art.
Stometrivka is a pedestrianized zone in the inner city. It was established in 1980s and was a first pedestrian zone in Ukraine ever created. This is a place to be. Ideal for walks or get togethers. Cafés and restaurants beam with life in the area. At the Vichevyj square there is a musical fountain, constructed in such a way that people might go under its streams and stay dry.
Ivano-Frankivsk is a convenient starting point to explore the region. It is called ‘the gate of the Eastern Carpathians’, because Ivano-Frankivsk lies at the foothills of this mountain range. It can therefore be a staring point for expeditions like mountain hikes, but not only that. Available are train connections to Kolomyia, Chernivtsi and the spa town of Yaremche.
The city is region’s capital with administrative, economic and cultural significance. The mechanical engineering, metalworking, woodworking, food and building material industries are key sectors of the city. In order to invest in the most important industries, modernise existing ones, and create a modern industrial, transport, and market infrastructure, a dedicated economic area was set up, based on the Khryplyn investment and industrial zone. The city is business-friendly, as many incentives and simplified law procedures were introduced to attract big business players.
Municipality of Ivano-Frankivsk
21, Grushevsky St.
tel.: 0038 342 556515
fax: 0038 342 556020