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Ukraine Pidhirtsi Castle

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Pidhirtsi Castle (Ukrainian: Підгорецький замок; Polish: zamek w Podhorcach) is a residential castle-fortress located in the village of Pidhirtsi in Lviv Oblast (province) western Ukraine, located eighty kilometers east of Lviv.

It was constructed by Guillaume Le Vasseur de Beauplan between 1635–1640 by order of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth's Grand Crown Hetman Stanisław Koniecpolski, on the place of the older fortress. The castle was then part of the Kingdom of Poland and it is regarded as the most valuable of palace-garden complexes in the Ukraine.

The structure, built of brick and stone, was designed in a characteristic palazzo in the style of fortezza. It is located on the north side of the Voronyaki hills, at an altitude of 399 meters above sea level, overlooking the Shtir River valley, in a prominent place where it can be seen from great distances. The palace itself is built into the hillside. In the 17th century, it was surrounded by vineyards and parterres in the Italian style, its wine was celebrated by the poetry of Jakub Sobieski and Andrzej Morsztyn. It is guarded by a moat and drawbridge, fortified walls with bastions and a set of iron cannons (some of which have survived to this day).

The castle takes the form of an open square almost 100 meters on the side, with three floors.

Its western part served as the official residence for guests; the eastern ridge was private, reserved for the owner and servants. A Latin inscription stands above the entrance gate on a marble plaque: “The crown of military labor is victory, victory is triumph, triumph is peace.”

http://zamki-kreposti.com.ua/lvovskaya-oblast/podgoreckij-zamok-podgorcy/ - more information (Russian)

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You can get to the castle from Lviv by minibus or bus. Public transport leaves from city bus station No. 2. The first stage of the trip is to get to Brody, and then by minibus in the Zolochiv direction to the village of Podgortsy.
Using your own transport, it is best to move along the Kiev-Lviv highway, which will lead directly to the castle.

Visiting hours of the castle: during the summer period 11:00 - 18:00, in the winter 10:00 - 17:00, on Sundays a shorter working day: 12:00 - 17:00. Guided tours of the castle are held daily except Monday.
Crowd Factor Just a few people
Best Timing Fall
Sunrise & Sunset 06:24 - 20:15 | current local time: 00:15
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