When Pidhirtsi Castle was built in the western part of Ukraine, it was intended to be a peaceful dwelling. Throughout the castle-fortress’ nearly 400-year history, however, things have been anything but restful. Yes, the breathtaking beauty of the structure belies the centuries of strife that it has witnessed.
The construction of Pidhirtsi Castle began in 1635 after Stanisław Koniecpolski, a commander in the Polish military, commissioned the project. At the time, Koniecpolski was serving as grand crown hetman to the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth.
As grand crown hetman, Koniecpolski was of the highest possible rank in the Polish army. Indeed, the only person with greater authority would have been the king himself. The commander was therefore a man who held a position of considerable responsibility, influence and privilege.