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Olesko Castle, Olesko

Olesko Castle is located within the borders of the present-day Busk Raion in Ukraine. The first historical records of the castle are in a document dated 1327, when Pope Boniface IX gave Halych, a Catholic bishop, this castle as a gift. It is located about seventy-five kilometers from Lviv, the largest city in western Ukraine.
Olesko Castle, oval in shape, stands on top of a small hill, about fifty meters in height. A moat and a wall surrounds it, which serves as a defence for the castle. The castle is also surrounded by a dense swamp. The land that the castle sat on changed ownership many times. It was originally on the border of land of Volhynia and land of Lviv.
The castle was, at different times, owned by Poland, Lithuania, and Hungary. It became a political landmark in the 14th century when movable borders between the three aforementioned countries ran through its territory. Battles for ownership of the castle were constant. A deep well in the basement of the castle was used as an escape route for besieged prisoners.
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  • The castle is small, but remote. On the way to Lviv always stop. Very cute lion statues are in the park near the castle. Wonderful cafe in the castle building, delicious coffee, interior as medieval tavern. I liked the basement. Castle until 17, cash register until 16:30, after 16:30 the castle is no longer allowed, but you can walk in the park and territory.
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  • This castle, like many attractions in Ukraine, needs reconstruction. It is obligatory excursion, then it is really interesting to be in it. On the spot with the tour guide probably the problem, when bought a ticket wanted to buy a tour, the cashier asked, did you book it? Had to join the group and listen to the tour, it was interesting. The place around is beautiful.
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