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Castles of the Little Horseshoe
Vynnyky – Pomoryany – Zolochiv
Piatnychany – Stare
Selo - Zvenyhorod
excursion starts with visiting Vynnyky which is one of the oldest towns
in Lviv region. Here the remnants of German colony (XIII c.) have been
preserved, among them German Protestant church, dwelling houses and traces
of the medieval castle, where the tobacco factory is located now. We also
visit an explicit museum of regional ethnography.
Vynnyky we continue our tour among the beautiful landscapes of Holohory
to the Assumption monastery of Univ – the biggest monastery in Halychyna.
The activity of many famous personalities was connected with it. The Univ
monastery used to be a residence of Metropolitan of Halychyna and was
second in its significance printing center in Ukraine after the Kyiv Pechersk
most astonishing is the fact that here, in an actually remote place one
can hear visitors speaking different languages. Pilgrims and tourists
from all over the world make their way to Univ monastery and find what
they are seeking. In Univ there are holy places and conventual legends,
picturesqueness of nature and unique architecture. Since the times when
the monastery has been founded the healing spring flows from under the
altar of the Assumption church. The main object of worship is the miraculous
icon of Mother of God of Univ.
we move on to the ancient castle of Svirzh (1482) along the narrow meandering
road which lies through the picturesque locality of Podillya hill. Next
to the fortress the defensive tower (XIII c.) and the lock cathedral (1561)
have been preserved up to our times.
castle has two yards: dwelling and economic one. The brick bridge leads
to the dwelling yard through the entrance tower. Despite the fact that
yards are connected with each other by the staircase, the economic one
has a separate entrance. The castle looks really beautiful.
Svirzh we drive through an old town of Bibrka. Than we turn in the direction
of Piatnychany where one of the few keeps has been preserved since XIII
century. Now there is a museum functioning in this keep. Until cannons
where invented such towers used to serve as impregnable fortifications
to our ancestors.
our way back to Lviv we also visit Stare Selo, where we will examine one
of the largest castles in Ukraine, which occupies an area of about 2 hectares.
The important Volosky trade way used to lie through these places, that’s
why in 1448 a wooden castle was built and in the 16th century builtstone
walls were erected in order to protect local citizens from invaders. Since
XIX century the fortress has been in a decline and now it serves only
as a place for filming movies and video clips on its ruins, and also for
various music festivals.
we go to Zvenyhorod - the former princely capital. In the ancient times
(the first record of this city dates back to 1087 year) it was a powerful
city, which played
a significant role in the political life of the western lands of Kyiv
Rus. But in1241 Batu
Khan destroyed it. Until now, rchaeologists find skeletons, skulls of
princely warriors andtheir horses, the remains of weapons, helmets, shields
...But the most valuable find isa stone church that dates back to 13-th
century. During the tour we visit the Historical Museum and examine the
remnants of fortifications and other historical monuments.
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