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N 49°1.262', E 25°48.02'
Our rating: 6.20
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Chortkiv is a small town in the south of the Ternopil region. We went there to see the neglected castle ruins. It seems that this is a common problem for all old castles in the Ternopil region. Moreover, there's a diesel fuel station inside, so it's not a touristic place.

Castle ruins
Castle ruins ©Yuriy Buriak

The castle is well-preserved but not picturesque. Currently the ruins are of absolutely no interest to a photographer, as there are no good viewing points around.

June 2014

National reserve "Castles of Ternopil" is now taking care of the castle. Territory inside and outside the castle is cleaned, but inside you can get only on weekdays from 10 to 17 :(

Chortkiv is a beautiful town. Having spent 10 minutes near the castle, we went for a walk along the streets. Just 50 meters from the castle there is a new Protection Church with well-maintained territory where you can get water from the source.

Protection Church
Protection Church ©Yuriy Buriak

Territory of the Protection Church
Territory of the Protection Church ©Yuriy Buriak

The main attraction of Chortkiv is the neogothic St. Stanislaw Cathedral. There are not many such beautiful cathedrals in Ukraine.

St. Stanislaw Cathedral
St. Stanislaw Cathedral ©Yuriy Buriak

St. Stanislaw Cathedral
St. Stanislaw Cathedral ©Yuriy Buriak

Among the old buildings in the center you can find wooden trade arcades and the Town Hall. Long time ago a lot of movies were filmed here.

Old Town Hall and shopping arcades
Old Town Hall and shopping arcades ©Yuriy Buriak

©Yuriy Buriak

There are some problems in the town: no normal park, no cinema, only an old Soviet cultural center.

Soviet style movie poster
Soviet style movie poster ©Yuriy Buriak

There are some wooden churches in Chortkiv, but unfortunately we didn't know about them during our visit.

It's best to take a taxi or a private car from the bus station to the downtown, but you can walk as well.

Getting there: By train or bus from Ternopil. Buses run every 30 minutes (80 km). By morning bus from the Stryiska bus station in Lviv (4.5 hours, 220 km). By train or bus from Ivano-Frankivsk (100 km).

Tags, Ukraine: church, city, ruins

Tags, all countries: church, city, ruins
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2015-11-14 23:10 # 1 L. Druker
What you call "old town hall" is an old town market place, which has never been a town hall. The old town hall is in the main square- the two-storied building with the clock tower(on which for some reason there is no clock.

Before WWII in the building there was a dancing hall with enormous mirrors on the walls.

2018-08-20 22:57 # 2 ґрут
Ще не зустрічав настільки бездарного звіту про Чортків! Таке враження, що автор пройшов по прямій від замку через площу Ринок по вулиці Бандери і ані кроку не зробив в бік! Як можна було заїхати в Чортків і не побачити дерев'яні церкви, синагоги, купу старовинних будинків???

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