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At 22nd UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee Session in Kyoto, Japan which run from 30 of November till 5 of December 1998 Lviv was accepted to UNESCO’s World Heritage List.

UNESCO expressed following reasons for including Lviv to World Heritage and it was inscribed on the basis of UNESCO’s criteria:

Criteria А:

In its urban fabric and its architecture, Lviv is an outstanding example of the fusion of the architectural and artistic traditions of Eastern Europe with those of Italy and Germany;

Criteria B:

The political and commercial role of Lviv attracted to it a number of ethnic groups with different cultural and religious traditions, who established separate yet interdependent communities within the city, evidence for which is still discernible in the modern townscape.


The historic center ensemble is located on the territory of 120 ha. It includes an ancient and medieval part of the city and the territory of St. Yuriy Cathedral that is located at the mountain Svyatoyurska Hora. Buffer zone of the ensemble of historic center is defined within the line of historic area and approximately amounts to 3 000 ha.

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