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Holy Protection Church (1476) is a Gothic stone sacred structure of the defense type built in honor of the Feast of the Intercession in the village of Sutkivtsi in Khmelnytskyi Oblast, about 47 km south of Khmelnytskyi.

This is a unique example of the defense architecture of Podillia, a functioning church and museum, which is visited by numerous Ukrainian and foreign tourists. It is one of the oldest fortified churches in Ukraine. Sutkivtsi on Google Maps. Photos by: Maxim Ritus.

Holy Protection Church-Fortress in Sutkivtsi, Ukraine, photo 1

amazing fortified church

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Zinkiv is a village with a population of about 1,600 people located in Khmelnytskyi Oblast, about 56 km south of the city of Khmelnytskyi.

There are several architectural and historical monuments here. One of them is the Church of St. Michael built with funds from parishioners in 1769. This is one of the most impressive monuments of Podolia wooden church architecture. Zinkiv on Google Maps. Photos by: Maxim Ritus.

St. Michael Church, Zinkiv, Khmelnytskyi Oblast, Ukraine, photo 1

very picturesque wooden church

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The palace and park ensemble “Illyashivka Estate” is a museum-estate located in the village of Illyashivka in the Starokostiantyniv District of Khmelnytskyi Oblast, about 70 km northeast of Khmelnytskyi.

The construction of the palace in the style of classicism began in the late 18th century. Some sources claim that it was designed by the famous architect Domenico Merlini. Illyashivka Estate on Google Maps. Photos by: Maxim Ritus.

Illyashivka Estate, Khmelnytskyi Oblast, Ukraine, photo 1

picturesque small palace


Bakota, located about 50 kilometers from Kamianets-Podilskyi in the territory of the Podilski Tovtry National Park, in the very south of Khmelnytskyi Oblast, was once a village, but its story ended in 1981, when it was flooded due to the construction of the Dniester hydroelectric complex.

Today, Bakota is a place with amazing nature and beautiful views. Here, from the rocky high bank of the river, you can spend hours watching the water surface and picturesque cliffs. There are also boat excursions available. On the territory of Bakota, you can spend the night in a tent, fish.

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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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The Gizycki Palace in Novoselytsya

Novoselytsya is a village with a population of about 500 people located in the Starokostiantyniv district of Khmelnytskyi Oblast, about 47 km northeast of Khmelnytskyi. The main attraction of the village is the Gizycki Palace – a monument of architecture of national importance.

This palace in the style of Romanticism with Gothic elements made of specially imported English brick was built by Ludwik Gizycki, who at that time owned the village and surrounding territories, in 1820. Novoselytsya on Google Maps. Photos by: Maxim Ritus.

The Gizycki Palace in Novoselytsya, Khmelnytskyi Oblast, Ukraine, photo 1

picturesque palace


Antoniny is an urban village with a population of about 2,200 people located in the Krasyliv district of the Khmelnytskyi region, about 70 km north of Khmelnytskyi. This settlement under the name of Golodki was first mentioned in documents of the second half of the 14th century. Throughout its history, it belonged to different noble families.

In the 1760s, Barbara Urszula Sanguszko, the owner of the village, transferred Golodki for long-term use to Ignacy Malchevsky, the regent of the Crown Chancellery, who was married to her sister Antonina.

Residential building on Hrafska Street, 24.

Picturesque Buildings of the Antoniny Palace, Khmelnytskyi Oblast, Ukraine, photo 1

walk around the former estate


There is a number of old castles and fortified palaces all over Ukraine, especially in its western part, and you will need a lot of time to see them all. Since 2017, in the city of Kamianets-Podilskyi located in the Khmelnytsky region, you can do it in half an hour.

“Castles of Ukraine” is an open air miniature museum with beautiful replicas (1:20) of the 16 most famous castles of Ukraine recreated to the smallest detail. The Museum of Miniatures on Google Maps. Photos by: Sergey Zaglinskiy.

Museum of Miniatures Castles of Ukraine in Kamianets-Podilskyi, photo 1

the best Ukrainian castles in one place

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Attractions of Podillia

Podillia is a historical and geographical region (Podillia Upland) located in the south-west of Ukraine, above the northern tributaries of the middle Dniester and the upper reaches of the Southern Buh.

The main cities of Podillia are Kamianets-Podilskyi, Khmelnytskyi, Vinnytsia.

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Bozhykivtsi is a village with a population of about 1,000 people located in the Khmelnytskyi region, 66 km southeast of Khmelnytskyi.

In the late 19th – early 20th centuries, the Polish nobleman Zdzislaw Kolonn-Chesnovsky built in Bozhykivtsi a luxurious estate. This is one of the rare cases when an old manor house has been relatively well preserved. Bozhykivtsi on Google Maps. Photos by: Maxim Ritus.

Palace of Kolonn-Chesnovsky in Bozhykivtsi, Ukraine, photo 1

picturesque red brick mansion