This Beautiful European Castle Was Built In 1640, But For A Century It’s Sat Eerily Abandoned

Image: Sergey Nik Melnik via Twitter/UkraineTrek.com

When Pidhirtsi Castle was built in the western part of Ukraine, it was intended to be a peaceful dwelling. Throughout the castle-fortress’ nearly 400-year history, however, things have been anything but restful. Yes, the breathtaking beauty of the structure belies the centuries of strife that it has witnessed.

Image: Maciej Szczepa?czyk

The construction of Pidhirtsi Castle began in 1635 after Stanis?aw Koniecpolski, a commander in the Polish military, commissioned the project. At the time, Koniecpolski was serving as grand crown hetman to the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth.

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