Pidhirtsi castle

The first mention of the castle in Pidgirtsi is dated 1445 year. The construction of the castle was financed by Stanislav Konetspolsky, who bought it together with the surrounding villages near Janusz Podgorecki.

Two-storeyed palace was erected by another architect - Italian Del Aqua. Defensive systems were built only in 1635-1640 years engineer G. Boplan. In 1682, Stanislav Konetspolsky, Jr. wrote off part of his possessions with the Pidhirtsi Prince Yakub Sobiesky, and so they found themselves with Konstantin Sobiesky, the youngest son of King Ian III.

In 1720, the palace together with the surrounding villages were purchased by the magnates of Zhevuskie for 201 000 zł. They also built the church of St. Joseph (1752-1763), which stands at the entrance to the castle. In the faces of the figures of the saints (their 7), which decorate the church, you can find similar features of the members of the family Zhevuski. During the possession of Zhevukskie Podgoretsky castle, there was a place for entertainment and lavish feasts. The castle was decorated with a variety of works of art (only 72 portraits), books, weapons, furniture. The fragment of the table on which Ian III was born was transferred to the palace; arranged a karmazin room, green, gold and Chinese cabinets.

Almost constantly the palace was visited by the local gentry. Especially for visitors near the castle, a tavern was built - an inn. Her remains have survived to this day. For many guests even a private orchestra and theater was organized. In the surrounding forests they hunted. However, over time, the palace began to decline, many valuable works of art disappeared.

The last owners of the Pidhirtsi were the Sangushko family. Roman Sangushko before the outbreak of World War II took out the most valuable works of art in Brazil. They are still kept in the family fund in Sao Paulo. With the advent of the Soviet power, the rest of the property was simply plundered. Part of the beautiful park sculptures was forwarded to St. Petersburg. Something fell into the storerooms of Lviv museums.

In 1956, a big fire broke out - and from the palace there were only walls. In the 60-ies the building was partially restored. Over time, the regional sanatorium for tuberculosis patients was opened here. Since 1997, the castle has been transferred to the Lviv Art Gallery, and since that time restoration work has been carried out here.

Having skirted the castle from the back, it seems to you that you have already seen such a structure somewhere. And not surprisingly. After all, they shot scenes from the beloved movie "Three Musketeers". Pidhirtsi are an ordinary village, but with extremely interesting sights.

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