Perpetual Ukrainian Lands
During the Ice Age, Volyn was a rather cold and inhospitable place. However, as soon as the frost receded, the region’s first inhabitants arrived. Ukrainian archaeologists keep finding numerous artifacts from the Stone Age on this land, and a century ago, while building railroad tracks, a real treasure trove containing dozens of kilograms of jewelry and Roman coins was unearthed, proving that Volyn had always attracted people as a place to live and trade in goods.
The first written account of the region can be found in the Kyiv chronicle “Tale of Bygone Years,” describing how in 988, Kyiv’s renowned Prince Volodymyr laid the foundation of a town, which he named after himself, and entrusted his son govern. Over time, the town would flourish, first as the westernmost outpost of the Kyiv State, and later as an epicenter of cultural and political life. In the 13th century, it was Volodymyr that became the capital of the medieval Galicia–Volhynia State, carrying on the tradition of statehood on the Ukrainian lands.
Since then, in disregard of all the historical challenges, the Volyn heritage has remained an essential part of Ukrainian culture. At the 1991 Ukrainian Independence Referendum, 96.3% of Volyn’s residents voted “for”.