Zolochiv castle
Zolochiv castle. Lviv
Chinese palace
Zolochiv castle inside
Chinese palace in Zolochiv castle
Zolochiv Castle
Lviv region, Zolochiv, Ternopilska street, 4
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This attraction is included in the following city tours
Golden Horseshoe Lviv castles

Zolochiv castle rich history

    Zolochiv castle was built in the first third of the 17th century as a defensive fortress on the means of Yakub Sobieski under the project of an unknown Italian architect on the site of an old wooden castle, which was surrounded by powerful stone-paved earth-shafts, with bastions on corners and moats with water. A two-story Renaissance-style palace with sewerage and fireplace heating was built under the direction of Yakub Sobieski. And he built a Chinese (Pink) palace and a charming garden around for his wife Maria Casimir de Lagrange.Zolochiv castle constantly suffered from attacks of Tatars and Turks until a noble family Sobieski completely rebuilt castle-fortress.The castle complex consists of two buildings: the Renaissance style Big palace – the royal family’s living quarters when visiting Zolochiv – and the Chinese palace, built by Polish king for his French wife. Secret passages connected the king’s cabinet to the treasury and the walls. It was built as 'palazzo in fortezzo', so it was suitable for living and as a defense structure. Due to its unique design, the castle remained impregnable for a long time.

Zolochiv castle nowadays

    Nowadays the Zolochiv Castle is a museum and the department of the Lviv Art Gallery. The halls of the palace hold several expositions that describe the castle’s uneasy history. One can view the interiors’ original layout, medieval furniture, paintings (old copies of masterpieces by famous European artists), as well as hunting trophies and unique coats of arms collections from the 17th -18th centuries. The Chinese Palace of the Zolochiv Castle is a unique monument of architecture. There are only three Chinese Palaces in Europe and one of them tourists may admire in Zolochiv. The Chinese palace was renewed in 2004 and opened for tourists. There are museum of eastern cultures in the Chinese palace. Visitors can see unique exhibits - objects of Oriental art, such as gifts of Eastern ambassadors.

    One of the most interesting exhibits in the Zolochiv castle is the stones with encrypted inscriptions. The inscriptions dated late XIV - early XV century, have not yet been read. The stones were brought in 2000 from the outskirts of Zolochiv, the village of Novosilky. It is believed that the inscriptions could have been made by the Templars, which could also belong to the castle, whose ruins were preserved in the vicinity of Novosilky.