Radomysl Castle, Radomyshl

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Castle · Specialty Museum
Radomysl Castle is a historical and cultural complex created in 2007 - 2011 by Olga Bogomolets MD, a Ukrainian doctor and public activist. The castle's center is an old flour mill built in the town of Radomyshl (Zhytomyr region, Ukraine) in the late 19th century by Polish engineer Piekarski. The mill was constructed upon the ruins of a paper mill built in 1612 by the order of the archimandrite (abbot) of Kyiv-Pecherska Lavra Yelisey Pletenecki (1550 - 1624). During research conducted during the reconstruction of this building, it was discovered that it had been planned to be used as a fortress. Since 2011, Radomysl Castle is part of the Council of Europe’s cultural project called Via Regia, its purpose is to promote cultural exchanges by means of tourism between European countries.
The main attraction of Radomysl Castle is the Museum of Ukrainian home icons. The Museum’s collection is based upon Olga Bogomolets’ private collection of icons which she has been collecting since 1996. This is perhaps the first and only museum of its kind in Ukraine and in the entire world (despite museum on Supraśl and Sanok, Poland). The collection comprises more than 5000 icons and sculptures (Orthodox, Catholic and Greek-Catholic), created between the 16th and 20th centuries in different parts of Ukraine. One of the museum’s highlights is an icon of St. Nicholas carved in stone. This is probably the oldest icon in the collection of Radomysl Castle, dated from the 12th century. Some icons retain traces of the Soviet aggressive atheism. Among the exhibits is a box made of headless icons. Some of icons were rescued from burning, but they are impossible to restore.
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  • We had a marriage anniversary at the castle. All was just amazing. Nice service, perfect location! 100% recommended!  more »
  • My wife and I decided to visit on a holiday and we were so lucky it was open. The building and the gardens are amazing. We just moved here and do not speak the language but he folks were very...  more »
  • Better than expected. Clean and organized which is unlike many other tourist destinations in the area!
  • A small but wonderful place for a weekend trip! Particularly wonderful impressions of the Museum of Icons and Papyrnya! And in the castle restaurant it’s not tasty and expensive (
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