Castles of the Ternopil region
There are so many castles here that a whole national reserve was created to prevent the further destruction of some of them. After all, the majority did not survive, not only because of the wars but also for other reasons. We will not list all of them, but in order to arouse curiosity, we will talk about a few.
The city has disappeared, but Chervonohorod Castle is still standing. It stands in ruins, but tourists associate the preserved towers of the castle with Tolkien’s “Two Towers”. And the castle got its name thanks to the local soil’s unusual color.
Zbarazh castle was built with the most recent achievements in fortification art in mind. Now it is completely restored. There is a two-story palace, perimeter casemates, four bastions, and a moat (with water). There are pentagonal towers on the corners of the defensive ramparts.
Kremenets Castle (“Bona”), once one of Ukraine’s most powerful natural fortifications, is now in ruins. But what majestic ruins! Prince Mykhailo Vyshnevetskyi once ordered a residence in the French style: a two-story palace with more than a hundred rooms, U-shaped, in the style of baroque and classicism—everything as it should be. A large park with a pond designed by an Irish landscape architect surrounds the property. Even Honoré de Balzac, whom we already talked about in Zhytomyr region, visited here.
During the Second World War, the Vyshnivets Palace was damaged, but it was repaired. Now the palace is part of the nature reserve, and a museum is located on the territory.