Zbarazh Castle, Zbarazh

Zbarazh Castle is a fortified defense stronghold in Zbarazh, built during the times of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. It dominates the crests of the Zamkova Hills of Ternopil Oblast in Western Ukraine next to the city's central plaza that was not in so distant past surrounded by marshland. The castle existence has been credited to last members of the Polish Zbaraski family; Krzysztof and Jerzy Zbaraski.
Evidence of the City of Zbarazh formation can be seen in the Ruthenia fortress dating back to 1211 that was positioned somewhat away from current castle. Today this is a village of Zbarazky District located in the immediate proximity of Zbarazh itself and called the Village of Stary Zbarazh. At that distant time the old castle and the province was ruled by Gediminids Landlords Zbarazky.
The castle is known for being the seat of the Polish aristocratic Wiśniowiecki family and its prominent members, most notably Jeremi Wiśniowiecki.
Prior to 1939, the castle complex was located in its founding nation, Poland.
The Zbarazky landlords erected a primeval wooden fortress in the town which nowadays is called Stary Zbaraż, a quarter mile away from their own mansion. Soon after it was incinerated during a skirmish with the tatars. All the fortification's protectors, including Vasyl Nesvizky, the grandson of Theodore Kaributas, were killed on the burning battleground. Another castle was constructed in the same location using the same materials, and its end was enacted in the same deadly way. It was set on fire during a nomadic attack in the year of 1589 while Janusz Zbarski commanded the stronghold. Later in the beginning of the 17th century, his son decided to build a masonry structure in the new location receiving guidance from Western European architects.
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  • Castle in good condition. The entrance gate, however, stands. And in the fire and the sword broke her. :-) It is worth to enter the castle. Enter the walls. The staff was very nice. It is worth taking a trip to other historical places of Ukraine.
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  • Robert,... You have been in the minds of the Lord... And Mr. Hoffman has perpeted... If someone read and later watched the movie "Fire and Sword" it has a completely wrong idea of this fortress. It should be remembered that the fortress was built on a square with a side of 88 meters with four bastions in the corners with a height of 23 meters with casemons and a moat 20 meters wide. The troops of the Republic involved in the defense was a dozen thousand, for this should be added horses, cattle, the Commission, Ashes... Etc. It would be hard to fit the whole thing in this object... The fortress was not of rubber. For this reason, the Crown Army was in front of the fortress walls. The proper defense was played within a radius of 15 km and then 8 km from the fortress. As in the case of Kamianets-Podilsky and Chocimia, the period when the Zbaraż was under the rule of the Republic is underestimated. The fortress is impressive... At present rather in poor condition, although efforts are made to restore it to as such magnificence.
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