Ternopil is one of the regional centers of Western Ukraine. The population is more than 250,000 inhabitants. It was founded in 1540. At first, it was a little settlement on the river Seret, but today it is a small, quaint town with a lively commercial center, quiet residential areas, and many places of interest.
For a long time, this Ukrainian town was under the yoke of Polish magnates and Austrian barons. It has witnessed many dramatic events over the centuries of its existence, but the hardest trials fell to its lot during World War
II. During the war, Ternopil was completely destroyed. However, the town rose from its ruins and became more beautiful than ever.
Ternopil is an administrative, cultural, educational and industrial center. It is a town with huge plants and factories including the industrial amalgamation "Vatra", the Textile and the Agricultural Combine Factories, the Radio Engineering Plant, etc. There are many food industry factories.
Ternopil is a town of youth with its many universities, small colleges, and vocational schools, including our university - the Ternopil National Technical University, the Academy of National Economy, the Medical University, and the Pedagogical University.
There are many places of recreational interest, which can be visited in our town, among them: the Art Gallery, the Museum of Natural History, the Architectural Museum, our famous 16th century fortress/castle, and many parks and squares. One can attend performances and concerts at the Drama Theater named after T.G. Shevchenko and at the Ternopil Philharmonic. The palaces of culture, Berezil' and Textilnyk, host many concerts including rock concerts during the year. Monuments to famous heroes and leaders, including the newly constructed monument to Ivan Franko and the statue of Taras Shevchenko, are situated in the architectural center of downtown.
Ternopil becomes alive in the spring and summer. Everyone tries to get outside and stroll in our beautiful city. Ternopil's lake is a favorite spot for tourists and native dwellers where they can spend their free time sunbathing and swimming especially in warm weather.
Ternopil is constantly changing its physical appearance, from the construction of new multi-storied residential buildings to the opening and operation of new privatized small businesses, shops, restaurants, and cafes. Ternopillers are proud of their small city, of its history, of its people and of its accomplishments.
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