One of the urban gems is Ivano-Frankivsk, formerly (until 1962) Stanyslaviv, Stanislau, or Stanisławów. The city has an interesting and long (over 350 years) history. The settlement Zabolottya, built in 1437, became a city and was established as a fortress. As a city Stanislau was first mentioned in historical documents in 1662. The past and present of the city are noticeable on the streets. As it is typical to all European cities, the main and central part is the Market Square and Town Hall. The square is surrounded by buildings, churches, and fortes walls built in 17 century. The city centre could be explored by foot. Some areas are strictly pedestrians. The western region had historically been a part of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, Austro-Hungarian Empire, Poland, and the USSR. Many nationalities lived in the city and had a big influence on its architecture and culture. Diversities of architectural styles give the city its unique charm and amazes visitors. Today, Ivano-Frankivsk is a modern city with many universities, museums, theatres, hotels, restaurants, cafes, and parks.
The region is rich of mineral waters, therapeutic medical mad, and unique climate. The healing power of these natural sources is well-known for successful treatment of many diseases. One of the most unique resorts in Ukraine founded in 1878 is located in Morshin. The resort is famous for its balneotherapy.