The city of Lutsk, first mentioned in the Ipatiyivsky chronicle in 1085, now is an administrative center of the Volyn oblast in the north-west region of Ukraine, surrounding the Styr River.
From a historical and cultural point of view, Lutsk became a famous city in the time of the Lithuanian Principality as the second capital. Many outstanding people representing Ukrainian culture and history, such as Olena Pchilka, Lesya Ukrainka, Yaroslav Halan, Vyacheslav Lypynsky, Modest Levytsky, and others, have lived in Lutsk. All guests of the city are always encouraged to visit the historical and architectural reserve, “Ancient City”, which includes the John the Divine cathedral (12th century), the majestic castle of Lubart (14th century), the St. Protection church (16th century), the Jesuitical monastery, the Catholic St. Peter and Paul cathedral and the synagogue (all 17th century), the building of Lutsk brotherhood of Exaltation of the Cross (1617), and other monuments of city’s history and architecture. Guests can also visit a unique museum of Volyn icons – the only one in Ukraine.
The city is also well-known for its annual festivals “Polissya Summer with Folklore”, “Christmas Mystery”, and the song festival “On the Waves of Svityaz”. St. Nicholas is considered to be the patron of the city and his monument was built in the square near the town council. The image of this saint also became the central part of city emblem, and his holiday is celebrated in December as the Day of Lutsk.