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Saint Nicholas Church in Pustomyty
|• Total||13.374 km2 (5.164 sq mi)|
|• Density||810/km2 (2,100/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+2 (EET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+3 (EEST)|
For centuries Pustomyty belonged to Ruthenian Voivodeship, Kingdom of Poland. In 1772 it was annexed by the Habsburg Empire (see Partitions of Poland), where it remained until late 1918. In the Second Polish Republic, Pustomyty was part of Lwow Voivodeship.
Pustomyty is a small town located in south-western outskirt of Lviv city. It is the administrative center of Pustomyty district (since 1959). The town lies on the intersection of railway line Lviv-Stryi-Chop and local road T-1416 Lviv-Medenychi.
The earliest mention of the settlement in official documents is dated by 1441. “Pustomyty” title most likely has the geographical origins. In ancient times there was a village “Мито” ([myto], Ukr. “Duty”) here and it served as customs between Przemysl and Zvenigorod principalities. However, the locality had lost the importance after some time and the name was transformed into “Пусте Мито” ([puste myto], Ukr. “Empty duty”).
A mineral-water resort operated in Pustomyty in the late XIX – early XX century. Baths were located in several villas and were able to accommodate 150–200 guests. None of those buildings survived till this day, except a small palace in the central town park.
Pustomyty obtained the town status in 1988, as the result of merge with neighboring villages Glynna-Navariya and Lisnevychi. Yellow circles of the town emblem represent this union. Also the lime kiln depicted on the emblem symbolizes the main Pustomyty craft for many years.
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