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Stare Selo is a village with a population of about 2,100 people located in Lviv Oblast, about 27 km southeast of the center of Lviv.

The main attraction of this place is the gradually collapsing local castle – an architectural monument of national importance and one of the largest castles both in the Lviv region and throughout Ukraine. The Stare Selo Castle on Google Maps. Photos by: Maxim Ritus.

The Stare Selo Castle, Lviv Oblast, Ukraine, photo 1

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Zolochiv is a town with a population of about 24 thousand people located in the eastern part of Lviv Oblast, about 67 km from Lviv.

The main attraction of Zolochiv is its picturesque old castle – a unique architectural monument of the first half of the 17th century. Zolochiv Castle on Google Maps. Photos by: Maxim Ritus.

Zolochiv Castle, Ukraine from above, photo 1

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Oct/19

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The Ostroh Castle from above

Ostroh, first mentioned in 1100, is a town with a population of about 15 thousand people located in the south of Rivne Oblast. The main attraction of the town is its old castle located on the top of the hill.

In the 14th-16th centuries, this was the ancestral nest of the Ostrogski family – one of the greatest Polish-Ruthenian families of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. The Ostroh Castle on Google Maps. Photos by: Maxim Ritus.

The Ostroh Castle, Rivne Oblast, Ukraine, photo 1

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The State Historical and Architectural Reserve “Khotyn Fortress” is a fortress of the 13th-18th centuries located in the town of Khotyn on the bank of the Dniester River in Chernivtsi Oblast, about 60 km northeast of Chernivtsi.

Of the entire fortress, the Khotyn Castle is best preserved, although from a height you can see the remains of other fortifications. The Khotyn Fortress on Google Maps. Photos by: Maxim Ritus.

The Khotyn Fortress, Ukraine from above, photo 1

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Medzhybizh Fortress is a monument of fortification architecture of the 16th century built in the Renaissance style and located about 40 km east of Khmelnytskyi. This fortress is listed in the State Register of National Cultural Heritage of Ukraine.

The fortress has the shape of an elongated triangle with powerful walls and corner towers that protrude significantly beyond the line of walls. The courtyard has a length of 130 m, the largest width (on the western side) is 85 m. The wall thickness is up to 4 m, the height is up to 17 m.

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Jul/19

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Fly over Svirzh Castle

Svirzh Castle, located in the village of Svirzh in Lviv Oblast, about 44 km south-east of Lviv, is a unique monument of defense architecture of the 15th-17th centuries.

Built as a fortress, after the reconstruction of the 17th century, it lost its original appearance and turned into a picturesque fortified aristocratic residence. Svirzh Castle on Google Maps.

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The medieval fortress in Bilhorod-Dnistrovskyi looks especially picturesque from a bird’s eye view, when you can see the entire complex.

The thickness of the walls varies from 1.5 to 5 meters, the height of the walls and towers – 5-15 meters. The basis of the fortress complex is the Citadel – the most fortified part of it. Akkerman Fortress on Google Maps. Photos by: Maxim Ritus.

Akkerman Fortress from above, Ukraine, photo 1

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Bilhorod-Dnistrovskyi (until 1918 – Akkerman) is a town with a population of about 57 thousand people located on the north-west coast of the Black Sea in the Odessa region, about 85 km south of Odessa.

The main attraction of this town is its old fortress – the largest fortress in the territory of Ukraine and Eastern Europe. Bilhorod-Dnistrovskyi Fortress on Google Maps. Photos by: Maxim Ritus.

Akkerman Fortress in Bilhorod-Dnistrovskyi, Ukraine, photo 1

magnificent fortress

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Pidhirtsi Castle (1635-1640) is a relatively well-preserved monument of late Renaissance and Baroque architecture surrounded by defensive structures.

Located about 90 km east of Lviv, in Pidhirtsi village of the Lviv region, it is one of the best in Europe examples of a Renaissance palace with bastion fortifications. Pidhirtsi Castle on Google Maps

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Zhovkva is a small town with a population of about 13 thousand people located 30 km north of Lviv and 35 km from the Ukrainian-Polish border.

One of the main attractions of the town is Zhovkva castle – a monument of Renaissance architecture built in 1594-1606. Zhovkva Castle on Google Maps. Photos by: Maxim Ritus.

Castle of the Renaissance Era in Zhovkva, Ukraine, photo 1

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