A really cool castle in Lutsk that we were very surprised with! The outside of the castle looks stupendous and the inside is just as nice. The downside to the castle is there is an entrance fee to the castle, then a separate entrance fee to each building in the castle….
It is one of the oldest and best-preserved castles in Ukraine. Having been built in the 1300’s it was never captured by enemy armies. It underwent many restorations over the years with the latest massive effort in the 1960’s and 70’s.
One of the most interesting pieces of its history happened in 1429 when there was a meeting of European Monarchs here to discuss how to deal with the Ottoman empire. Kings and rulers from all over Europe attended this meeting. The King of Poland, emperor of Rome, Danish King along with representatives from 6 other empires, including a representative of the Pope all were in attendance. Over 15,000 people came for the meeting, which more than doubled the population of the city! Hundreds of barrels of wine, beer, mead and alcohol were drank along with thousands of kilos of meat!