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Zbarazh Castle is one of the few historical monuments in Ukraine that are in good condition and meet European standards. Every year it changes – the interiors are improved, new exhibits find their place in the exhibition halls. Therefore, it is not surprising that tourists, including foreign ones, do not pass by Zbarazh. Today the Zbarazh Castle Palace is a scientific center, a museum, an art residence, and a place for important events. In particular, the X International Investment Forum “Ternopil Region Invest-2018” was held here not so long ago, bringing together more than five hundred participants from all but Australia, the continents. And in early May, the summer tourist season of the Ternopil region was traditionally opened at the Zbarazh castle. On the basis of the castle operates the National Reserve “Castles of the Ternopil Region”, which now unites eleven historical structures of the region out of thirty-four. As you know, it is in the Ternopil region that there are most of them, and therefore the tourism industry is one of the priorities for the investment prospect.

To get to Zbarazh Castle, you need to climb a mountain through a park with ancient lindens. Then – to overcome the bridge over the moat surrounding the structure. Entering through the majestic castle gates, we find ourselves in a spacious, bright courtyard, where we are met by Ruslan Pidstavka, deputy general director for scientific work of the National Reserve “Castles of the Ternopil Region”.

Zbarazh Castle at one time served as a cultural and sports complex for young people. Over time, the District Museum of Local Lore was relocated there from the Assumption Church. “Due to the urgent need to turn the palace into the authentic residence of the princes Zbarazhsky, Vishnevetsky and magnates Pototsky, our architect Yuri Verbovetsky, who was developing the entire project for the restoration of the Zbarazh castle, created the concept of the gradual transformation of the premises from exhibition into authentic,” says pan Ruslan . – The Olive Dining Room, the Blue Dining Room, the upper, the so-called Marble Hall of the second floor were commissioned in 2017, the Mirror Hall, the Dressing Room and other rooms were restored estates, which are now furnished with interiors around the time. That is, the end of the XVIIІ – beginning of the XIX century. ”

Now in the castle there are also expositions of folk crafts, embroidery, archeology, sacred art. In the museum premises of the second floor there are halls of sacred art and church paraphernalia. Also on the second floor there is a removable art gallery, where exhibitions of contemporary domestic and foreign artists are organized. The museum’s exhibition halls are also located in casemates, where archeology, ethnography, cold steel and firearms are exhibited, wooden sculptures of the school of John George Pinzel from the Church of St. Anthony, wooden sculptures of the 20th century by Vladimir Lupiychuk, ceramics by Taras Levkov, mock-ups of churches of the Lviv architect Mikhail Yaskovich.

Zbarazh Castle With pan Ruslan Pidstavka we enter the courtyard, paved with old brick, but so that it seems – there is a parquet floor underfoot. Turning right, we get into the Olive Dining Room. “We have presented the furniture of the Lviv Historical Museum, which we have on a long-term deposit, museum items from the funds of the Institute of Ethnology. Utensils and other things – from the funds of the NZ“ Castles of the Ternopil Region ”, originals of paintings of the late 18th – early 19th centuries also from the collections of the Lviv Historical These are portraits of famous figures of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth – Stanislav Zholkevsky, Stanislav Konetspolsky, that is, those people who played a big steering wheel in the history of our region, “the scientist notes.

My attention is drawn to the exquisite mantelpiece. As it turned out, they were transferred to the castle by the Office of the Security Service of Ukraine in the Ternopil region. At one time, watches were seized at the border as smuggling. As a result of the court case, they were confiscated. “This is a mantelpiece of the late eighteenth century,” says Ruslan Pidstavka. “They decorate a fireplace with the coat of arms of the princes Zbarazhsky and fit into the interior. Such watches were made with the appropriate decor. In this case, it is a sculptural anthropomorphic composition of a woman with a wing. The clock is decorated with gilding. The author unfortunately, art historians could not establish. ” A similar clock, however, already at the end of the 19th century, stands on the fireplace in the Blue Hall. “If I am not mistaken, they are from Belgium or Holland,” continues Pan Ruslan. “We adhered to the concept that the princes Zbarazhsky, who traveled around the world for a long time, lived for some time in the Netherlands and in Belgium. In particular, for example, Yuri Zbarazhsky studied in the Netherlands, from the then-famous scientist, professor at the University of Leuven, Justus Lipsius.The culture that the best representatives of the Zbarazhsky family, in particular Yuri and Christopher, borrowed abroad, they tried to implement in their family nest in Zbarazh.

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