This is the central part of the princely Halych, the capital of the Halych-Volyn Principality, which gave the name to Halychyna and Halychians and now belongs to the National historical reserve “Old Halych”. The impressive shafts and foundations of the Dormition Church (1157) survived from princely times; Basil's Chapel (1500), Metropolitan Chambers (XVIII century) with the Museum of ancient Halych history, the Church of the Dormition of the Virgin (XVI century), the mound “Halychyna grave” (X century) and a mystical well, rumoured to contain healing water, are also worth seeing.
Not far from the centre of Halych, in the area of the ancient settlement, there is the Museum of Folk Architecture and Life of Prykarpattia, where you can see the dwellings and everyday life of four ethnographic groups of Ukrainians in the area of Ivano-Frankivsk region: Opillians, Pokuttiians, Hutsuls and Boykos.
Halych National Nature Park
Halych NNP, thanks to its steppes, forests and lakes, has the most diverse population of species and the highest populations of endangered species in Ukraine. You can find out about it in the beautiful Museum “Nature of Halychyna Land” and see more than 50 species of animals in the country's first Center for the rehabilitation of sick and homeless animals. There are bears, wild sheep, foxes, racoons, dogs, wolves, owls, eagles, herons, ducks, deer and much more.
The interactive quest program “Visit to a fairy tale” during which you can walk through the forest along the animal path with the created traces of 14 species of forest animals and a visit to the house of Baba Yaga are especially popular with tourists.
Shevchenkove. In the former village of Stanislav, on Vynohradna mountain, within the princely Halych, there is the oldest temple of the Halych-Volyn Principality, the Church of St. Panteleimon (1194) built by the Volyn Prince Roman Mstyslavovych. The Church is a gorgeous combination of Kievan Rus and Romanesque architecture, with exquisite white stone carvings and artistic works across its walls.
Although in princely times, on the site of modern Halych, there was a commercial port and all the main buildings were nearby in Krylos, the town also has something to offer for fastidious tourists. Here, you can see the Church of the Nativity (XIII-XVI centuries), Starostynskyi castle (XIV century) on a high hill, Karaite cemetery (XVIII century) and the old metal bridge across the Dniester(1900).