Discover the fascinating city of Ivano-Frankivsk

Ivano-Frankivsk, is the capital city of the Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast which lies to the west in Ukraine. It is a relatively small city with a population of roughly 205,000 people. The size of the city only adds to its charm.

Ivano-Frankivsk started life as a fortress which was built to protect the Polish-Lithuanian commonwealth from repeated Tatar invasions. The fortress was a great success and it wasn’t long before the city-fortress began to grow under the safety provided by this fortification. It was first mentioned in history in 1662 when it was granted the Magdeburg rights. The city went on to survive not only Tatar attacks but also those thrust upon it by invading Turkish and Russian forces. The Renaissance was a period of extensive growth and rebuilding, which lead to it becoming a somewhat more picturesque city. In fact it gained the nick-name 'little Leopolis' – Leopolis being the Latin name for Lviv. It was also at about this time that Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine, became an important center of Armenian culture.

After Poland was divided up in the 'Partitions of Poland', Ivano-Frankivsk came under Austrian rule before falling under the domain of the autonomous Kingdom of Galicia and Lodomeria. 1919 was a turbulent time for Ivano-Frankivsk as it was the subject of many Polish-Ukrainian skirmishes. It eventually ended up as the Second Polish Republic, serving as the Stanislawow Voivodship capital. Eventually, in 1939 it was invaded by German and Soviet forces and was attached to the Ukrainian SSR. Much of the Jewish population was murdered during the Nazi occupation, which was a very sad period in the city’s history.

Eventually, in 1962, the name was changed to Ivano-Frankivsk after the Ukrainian writer Ivan Franko. The 1990s saw it become one of the centers of the Ukrainian independence movement. Today the city stands up proudly in its own right. It is a pretty city with both a victorious and sad history which is interesting to explore should you have the time. Why not visit Ivano-Frankivsk next time you are in Ukraine and find out what it has to offer for yourself?


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Yurko_uk - 2011-09-26 14:39:47

I recently learned that my grandparents, Theodore (Fedir, Fank) Czerny (Charney) was born in Mizun now called Novyi Mizun (10 km from Wygoda) or 13 km from Weldzirz (now Shevchenokove) - all in the province of Ivano Frankovsk oblast. What can you tell me about these towns?
Hi! Mizun is located in a very nice green area in Carpathian mountains. It will be popular tourist destination soon. There is famous light railway called "Carpathian Tram" in neighbouring village of Vygoda. You can get more info about it from Google. The steam train takes tourists to remote places in the mountains so everyone likes going there. It is easy to get to these villages from Ivano-Frankivsk or Dolyna. You can get there by bus or taxi.

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Yurko_uk - 2011-09-16 18:39:11

My late father in law (Wasyl Pylypiuk)came reluctantly over to England, UK in 1945 and settled in West Yorkshire. He originated from the West Ukranian Peoples Republic, the capital back then was Stanyslaviv it is now called Ivano - Frankivsk, his village was called Bytkiv a few kilometers from Nadvornaya. His father was called Andrij Pylypiuk and his mother was Justyna Lawrynowycz. I have learned that he actually had up to 7 brothers and sisters. Any information would be welcome.
Hi Terry, All information might be available at Ivano-Frankivsk oblast archive. I live in Ivano-Frankivsk city and visited that archive once with the people who were also looking for information about their relatives. Best regards, Yuri

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Yurko_uk - 2011-09-16 18:10:10

I would like to know about the village or town of Srolotvyna or Srolotvina that was at the time part of the Austrian-Hungarian Empire in the 1800-1900 and I believe my grandfather (my mother's father) came from that area, which is now in the Ukraine. How were birth records kept at that time and what was the churches in the town or village at the time? How do I find this out? Thanks, Virgil L. Judy San Antonio, Texas USA
Hi, Virgil! I live in Ivano-Frankivsk and have been driving through Solotvyna with people who were also looking for their family place in neighbouring village Krychka. From what I've seen Solotvyna is a nice large village, nothing bad I can say. Nice nature, forests, close to Carpathian mountains. It is about half hour drive by car from Ivano-Frankivsk. Should you have any questions, feel free to ask. Best regards, Yuri Should

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