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The Pidhirtsi Castle

Pidhirtsi Castle, historic view
Operation: year round
Location: Pidhirtsi, Pidhirtsi
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In the times of King John Sobieski III a courtier François d’Aleyrac happened to say: "This castle is undoubtedly the most beautiful in Poland, and in other countries, it would also be regarded unique.”
Built in the beginning of the 17th century for the Grand Crown Hetman Stanislaw Koniecpolski to replace the older fortification, the handsome manor proudly stood on the hill to shine the beauty from its prominent location. Guarded with a moat and fortification walls topped with bastions and cannons, the Pidhirtsi Castle was created for leisure, comfort and admiration, with beautiful parks and gardens. It had a menagerie, farm, apiary, trout pond and a mill. Richly furnished, it boasted a great collection of paintings, portraits, gorgeous furnishings, including spoils of Turk and Tartar wars. Attacked by Ukrainian Cossacks, Turks and Tartars, the castle was invincible and kept gaining even more luxury with each new owner…until the end of the 18th century. Ransacked by Russians, auctioned by Austrians, located on the front line in the WWI, the castle in Pidhirtsi went downhill. On the eve of the WWII, Prince Sanguszko, the last owner of the castle managed to save some of the remaining treasures by bring them out to Brazil.
With the most ruinous period during the Soviet times, the castle has reached the eerie condition we see it nowadays. Not much renovation has been done either in the Independent Ukraine years due to the lack of funding. The gem of the 17th century palace architecture needs renovation and reconstruction desperately. Currently there is a small exhibition in the tiny castle museum
A legend about a young woman immured in the castle wall by a jealous husband and her recurrent appearance as a ghost adds more colors and provokes imagination when visiting the neglected castle with the scenic hills around. It is one of the castles included in a popular route of the Lviv Golden Horseshoe tour.
 
 
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