The restoration of the Vyshnevets Palace is a national project
And although a number of external and internal restoration work at the facility was carried out even earlier – at the expense of the National Reserve “Castles of Ternopil Region” and local budgets, large restoration initiatives were delayed due to lack of funds. During 2005-2010 On paper, the Comprehensive State Program for the Conservation and Use of the Palace and Park Complex in the Vishnevets Village, which was not funded at all, was in effect. And only after 2015, when the reserve became one of the winners of the competition and received a grant from the US Embassy to restore the Mirror Hall of the palace, did large-scale work begin. The main ones are performed by master restorers from Kamenetz-Podolsk Restoration OJSC, a contractor that won the tender for the restoration of the Mirror Hall and the restoration of the southern facade of the palace.
Why is the Mirror Hall so important for the palace residence? Occupying an area of over 600 sq m on the ground floor, it is located throughout the southern facade and has become the largest and main hall of the palace. Other halls were associated with it.
The architects who would have started the restoration work did not have to look beyond the distant lands. In the architectural workshop of Yuri Verbovetsky (Zbarazh), they developed a project for reproducing the interiors of the Mirror Hall from five spatially integrated rooms – the right and left Arched galleries, the Hall with a fireplace, the Central room and auxiliary rooms – without interfering with the planning structure.
– When restoring the interiors of the Mirror Hall, restorers used material collected from sources, primarily inventories of the Vyshnevets Palace of the 18th century. with a description of the interiors of that time, ”says Lyubov Shiyan, candidate of historical sciences, researcher at the National Reserve“ Castles of Ternopil Region ”. – The first of them, which we took at the Institute of Manuscripts of the National Library named after V. Vernadsky, dated 1748. Given that the builder of the palace, Mikhail Servatsiy, died in 1744, this inventory was compiled specifically for the heirs of the last of the princes Vishnevetsky. The mentioned document gives us a description of the Mirror Hall of the palace with galleries located behind arched passages. We recreate the Mirror Hall according to the inventory of 1748, although we also have plans for the middle of the 18th century, where the contours of this hall are visible. We have his photo in various angles and the beginning of the XX century. We took these documents for restoration because all subsequent owners of the palace did not rebuild the interiors of the Mirror Hall. He was in charge of the residence. Unless they updated furniture or made rearrangements.
To date, a number of restoration work has already been completed in the Mirror Hall, in particular, windows have been replaced, flat ceilings have been made, typical of the baroque Vyshnevets palace, as well as cornices. They mounted mirror tiles on the walls opposite the main arched windows. We began the installation of panels with which the walls of the hall should be sheathed. Parquet flooring is ready. Above the arches, it is planned to establish heraldic attributes with coats of arms (they will be made by professional artists) of the princes Vishnevetsky, Radziwill and related clans.
These days, work is underway to restore the southern facade of the palace with the main entrance to the Mirror Hall. A terrace paved with sandstone is already ready. Soon her fence will be decorated with cornices and crowned with decorative vases. Near the southern facade will be equipped with lawns and lanterns. From now on, the collapse wall of the Vishnevets castle and palace complex does not face collapses: its masonry was strengthened, and emergency sections were laid.
The estimated cost of restoration work is 12 million UAH.
“The grant of the US Embassy Fund in the amount of 159 thousand dollars was the impetus for a great cause,” says Anatoly Matsipura, Director General of the Locks of the Ternopil Region National Reserve. – The Ministry of Culture of Ukraine also took part in financing the restoration of the interiors of the Mirror Hall of the palace. For the special means that the reserve earns, they restored the southern facade of the palace, the territory is being improved. In other rooms we will install a heating system. In our initiatives, we find understanding from the head of the Ternopil Regional State Administration Stepan Barna. We are trying to find a consensus between state building standards and prices, which do not keep up with market prices. In developed countries, restoration work, such as those carried out in the Vyshnevets Palace, are tens of times more expensive. And when restorers from neighboring Poland come to me and see our state prices for such works, they are sincerely surprised. In their country, no one would carry out such complex and large-scale work for our small resources.