This Beautiful European Castle Was Built In 1640, But For A Century It’s Sat Eerily Abandoned

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But where exactly is the stunning edifice to be found? Well, it sits in the Ukrainian village that shares its name: Pidhirtsi, which lies near the Polish border. The castle is situated with the Woroniaki hills to the south and boasts views of the Styr River valley. This seemed, then, to be a picturesque enough location for Koniecpolski’s new home.

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So it was that in 1635 work began on what would become Koniecpolski’s new residence. The identity of the mind behind the design of the magnificent structure isn’t known for certain. However, an Italian architect named Andrea del Aqua – who also created a fortress for the hetman in nearby Brody – may well have been responsible for the masterplan.

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