Here are some abandoned places that we discovered in Ukraine
This has been one of our favorite discoveries so far! Just the setting of the house the condition of the house everything was perfect! This place used to belong to a Danish Diplomat Thor Lange. He was a poet who translated many Ukrainian stories and songs into Danish some of them even becoming National Danish folk songs. At his home in Ukraine he was also a horticulturist experimenting growing different fruits including Pineapples. From what we can tell his house was abandoned upon his death in 1915
PALACE THOR LANGE
This place was a let down. The roads to get there were not the best and once we were there we saw there isn’t much to see. Built in the late 1700’s this park and house belonged to the last in the line of the French Noble family De Shodura. At its peak it was a sight to behold. In the late 1800’s most of the original buildings were torn down leaving only the main entrance gate and a few small towers from the fence that once stood there. Part of the collections of coins and manuscripts that De Shodura had collected here were sold to the Hermitage Museum and are on display there now.
MANOR DE SHODUARA (IVANITSA)
An interesting place but it is hard to get a full view of it. The forest has grown up around it so thickly you can’t get a good idea of what it would have looked like. Built in the late 1700’s this palace passed through the hands of many wealthy land owners. In 1918 the Bolshevicks forced the family living there to leave. After the War it became a school until about 1990 when it was abandoned. Now it is in disarray and falling apart
An interesting place we visited and were given a tour of the palace by the local security guard. This guy hasnt been paid for many years but he still stands duty at the palace and now give tours if you show up and ask nicely! This was a park of the Potocki Family that dates back to the mid 1700’sBuilt during the turn of the 20th century this palace was designed by a Danish Architect and had all the newest items of the time, including electricity! They even went to far as to build their own small hydroelectric plant nearby. During Soviet times the building was used for a school and a museum and also housed the local politobureau here. After 1991 it was abandoned and since ther have been a few attempts at a renovation but nothing is complete so far.
NARYSHKIN PALACE TALNE
One of the nicer palaces we have found. It was built in 1908 and was immaculate inside upon completion. Unfortunatly most of the most treasured paintings and ornamental things were taken during WW2. After the war it was used as a school until being left to nature in 1995. It was recently listed for sale for $250,000 if anyone is interested in a fixer upper.
Built in the 19th century this estate has a rich history. Passed around a few time finally in the early 20th century it was sold at auction. Then during the Soviet times it was pillaged for its extravagance. Further destroyed by fire and war it was left to rot. Now owned by the local church. The plans are to rebuild it some day but at this point it is still in beautiful ruins.Not far from Kyiv the roads to get here are marvelous.
This is one of the most eye pleasing palaces you will find in Ukraine.Built in the end of the 1700’s it passed through many owners each adding or subtracting to their tastes until you have what is there now. The interior is partially there but needs renovation. There is a legend that the last owner hid gold coins and medalions on the ground of the palace so if you visit keep your eyes open!
Another nice palace that is now a school. You are free to walk around the palace but access to the interior is limited. Built in the 1880’s the last man to own it was killed in 1944 by the Germans. Nobody knows for sure but it is believed to be designed by an Italian and built in the French neo renaissance style. The original building burned down in 1880 and this building was built in its place from brick so it cant burn.
PALACE SOBANSKYH (SPYCHYNTSI)
This palace was interesting enough but really kind of a let down. The building itself is not that amazing the park surrounding the building is nice if you would like to spend a day walking around. Built in the early 1800’s The park was first to be built followed by the palace. It changed hands a couple times and it is now a Agro college for the area.
VITOSLAVSKY PALACE, CHERNYATIN
This was interesting little place.
Once again it belonged to the Potocki family. Though this palace was only owned by them until it was taken over by the government. It passed from father to son each on losing a little land as it went. The stables are even intact. These days it serves its function as an orphanage.
POTOCKI PALACE (DASHIV)
This place was kind of mysterious and creepy all in one. There were cows grazing around it and the building itself seemed in decent shape but it is locked up. Yet it also looks like it hasn’t been used in years
Built in the early 1900’s Nobody seems to know what happened to it through out the 20th century. Locals say in the 90’s a business man bought it and started making repairs before there was some controversy about if he was allowed to buy it or not. Finally he walked away and it has remained locked since
This was an amazing stupendous find! We spent well over an hour exploring this manor turned school that was then abandoned. On the floors were still grad cards from students and diagrams and the Soviet Gas Masks that were standard in all Soviet Schools. Warning the last few kilometers to get here were mostly cobblestone or dirt. Passable in any car but be careful.
The main building was built in the mid 1800’s by a man named Lozhinski. Further details seem to be hard to find but during the Soviet Union it was used as a school which closed sometime around 2000, is what the local people told us.
This was an interesting palace but be warned the roads to get here are in horrible condition. It is a paved road but there are holes in the road at are bigger than a car and half a meter deep! Built in the early 20th century for the Kury family. They were Greek by birth but ended up in Ukraine. They built a few palaces around the area but this one is still in very good condition on the outside. We were not able to go on the inside as the school that is now housed in the palace was closed for the summer.
A very interesting abandoned Palace that is well worth the visit. Be warned though while the last 100 meters of road to get here is a little rough once you are here the whole area smells badly like a toilet….The palace itself was built in 1845 while the interior is completely gone the walls are still standing to give you an idea of the grandeur this palace would have had in its prime. Originally there was a fountain in front of the palace along with many different exotic trees. Another interesting story connects the palace with Sigmund Freud. One of the people who lived there Sergey Pankeeva began seeing terrible things in his mind when he was a child. Alarmed his parents took him to a specialist, Sigmund Freud, who studied the child and wrote a book about it that is still read by psychologists to this day.
A beautiful palace but you can not see much of it now. It is currently a psychiatric clinic housing people with mental problems. Originally built in the early 1800’s by a Prince Chetvertinskih. Then in 1830 a banker in the area bought the palace and it belonged to his family until 1917 when it was first turned into a nursing home then a psychiatric clinic which it is still today. Legend says that Alexander Pushkin stopped by this palace in 1821 and there is an oak tree planted in memory of his visit
While there is nothing left of the original Palace there is still an AMAZING church standing and working here that the Potocki Family had built
The church and park here are rather famous. The Park was created in the 1600’s and was passed around before being bought but Potocki in 1840. Then the church was built and also a palace. The palace no longer exists in its place there is now a hospital.
The palace was set along an extremely beautiful area of the Southern Bug river. If you stop here to see the church you must walk down the hill to see the boulder strewn river.
POTOSKI PALACE PECHERA
This place was AMAZING!!! It was a little hard to find as it is on the property of a boarding school now. If you go through the gates of the school and walk about 50 meters you will see the palace in the forest. It is a complete wreck now but still interesting. The palace took over 100 years to reach the size it is now. The original central part was built in 1800 then as the century went additions were made until in 1890 it was complete. It was originally built by a Mikhial Sobanskovo who was a merchant. After the Soviet Revolution the palace was used to house various important people before it became the property of a collective farm. After WW2 it again because a house for different executive committees before being turned into a boarding school in 1959. The school is still in operation on the property but in a different building now. The palace was abandoned and left to rot in the early 1990’s. Now it a humongous maze of building mixed with nature for you to explore.
SOBANSKY PALACE, OBODOVKA
This is a palace that was built in the late 1700’s by the Chatsky family. It looks abandoned from the outside but still a few rooms of the palace are used to this day as a small library for the town there. We were not able to go inside as even the abandoned part of the palace was locked but from what we could see through the windows it looked in remarkably good shape inside. There used to be a park surrounding the palace but now only a small portion of the park exists to this day.
Built in the 19th century this palace at one time would have been an opulent place. During WW1 it was robbed and damaged badly but the owners at the time, the Baden Family, restored it and expanded the territory. Before the Soviets arrived in 1939 the castle and its park. Just the park had 30 gardeners caring for it. But with the Soviets came destruction. The Baden Family were forced to leave and the palace served multiple purposes since then. Now it is abandoned and locked up there is now a new building beside it for homeless children and they don’t want them playing in the palace. Overall a very nice palace but a shame that you cant go inside.
PALACE IN KOROPETS
This appeared to be a very beautiful Palace though we were not allowed onto the grounds to look at it properly. It is now a home to children with mental disorders and visitors are not welcomed. Nobody really knows when this place was built. It is first mentioned in papers in the mid 1800’s but the real construction date is still unkown. For some time the Red Army used it as a stable for their horses. It is named after what is believed to be the first owner Manesku who, it’s said, acquired the estate from someone in a game of cards. It appeared to be a beautiful palace but like we said earlier we couldn’t go in the gates to walk around it so we wouldn’t recommend going out of your way to see it.
This was a slightly interesting building.Built in the 1300’s nobody knows how it looked originally as it has had multiple restorations done to change it into the baroque style. The building was built originally as a one story building then in the 1600’s the second floor was added. Behind the palace there is a park. Not incredibly interesting but if your near by it would be worth it to stop.
A big palace that is abandoned like so many. It is situated in a big beautiful park. It is a bit out of the way to say its worth its own visit but it is still rather interesting. You cannot go through the building as it is locked. Built in the 1700’s. During polish rule the manager of a local distillery lives here . Just before WW2 it held administrative offices. After the War it was a children’s home before being taken over by a local collective farm and then abandoned.
If you drive along the main road north from Lutsk you just might see the outline of a large building in the forest. That would be Wilga Manor. It is just ruins now and full of trash but in its prime it would have been spectacular! Built in 1711 then torn down and rebuilt again in the 1800’s now it is just an empty shell. The only thing left is the main entrance with its pillars and a small part of the original building. It is falling apart and full of trash from homeless people living there.
The roads to get here were a mixture of good and horrible. The palace itself was abandoned but rather interesting. You could still see parts of the original entrance lined with trees and imagine what it would have been like in its peak.
Built in the mid 1800’s a palace from the Potocki family was torn down to make room for this beauty. The Lyantskoronskie family were the owners and were hugely influential in Lithuania They started to spread out and a few members of the family made homes in Ukraine.
There is a project to try to raise money for the restoration of this palace but so far no work has started. Monty really liked this place and would like to go back to wonder around some more.
This was a place we stumbled across. We walked around and were really impressed with the palace and surrounding park. Built in the early 1800’s this 60 room palace was constructed in the Empire style with its huge dome in the center. The surrounding park was designed by an Austrian and contained a church, gazebos, a dam and 2 bridges. In the 1920’s there was an arboretum school located in the palace now there is a technical school that is in session there.
An amazing palace in Chernigov Oblast not too far from Kyiv. Built in the 1770’s for one Pyotr Rumyantsev, Catherine II’s viceroy of Little Russia. After his death it went to the Tarnovsky Family. During the 1800’s every famous Ukrainian alive spent at least some time at the residence Schevchenko and Gogol among them. During the Soviet Union the grounds were used as a prison and a tuberculosis hospital. Through all of that though the palace, out buildings and park surrounding all of it remained in amazing condition. Today it is a museum and has been a National Cultural Reserve in Ukraine since 1982.
Finished in 1787 this palace is huge. This palace was built specifically for the arrival of Catherine II on her famous trip to Crimea. Later it also hosted Alexander Suvorov. It was built in the Neoclassicism Romantic Style that was popular at the time but you can also see some influence from Gothic, Classic and Oriental style in the building.
It was sold in the early 1800’s but then the seller decided to change his mind and to break the contract he started to disassemble the palace. The palace was reassembled in 1840 by another owner. In soviet times it was a camp for the Young Pioneers and today it is a recreation facility for children.
Count Badeni Palace was constructed in 1810. It was the summer residence of the family until 1939. It is a monument to Classicism style. We were unable to go inside, as it was locked, but the interior is said to be gorgeouswith ornaments carved in the walls and spectacular stair cases.
From 1961-2005 there was a military unit based here. It has remained empty since awaiting the realization of a project to turn it into a museum
First mentioned in historical records in 1327. Olesky Castle is now a big museum that you can walk around and enjoy. They even have a functioning draw bridge at the entrance! After it lost its importance as a defense castle it came to be a privately-owned castle and was sold to a few different people. It was treated badly though until 1682 when it was given a proper renovation. It was the birth place of the polish kind Jan III Sobieski and it is said the Boghdan Khmelnitsky spent much of his childhood here.
It was considered a Polish National Monument and was restored again in 1882. The two World Wars took their toll on the building and it had to be restored again in 1952. Now it houses a museum with art from the 16th and 17th centuries.
This place was amazing! Absolutely beautiful and freshly renovated! The first castle was built here in 1395. It burned down and this was put in its place in 1716. At times this was called the Polish Versailles. At one time it had a theater, library, an art gallery and an archive all inside its walls, at once! During WW2 the Germans used it as a Gestapo headquarters until a fire in 1944 mostly demolished the building. After the war it was renovated again and used partially as a museum and the rest of the building were many different thing including the local club. Now you will find a nice museum and absolutely stunning building that is freshly renovated. The renovation is not 100% complete but it is amazing as it is!
This was an interesting find. The palace looks like nothing else we have seen in Ukraine. The really unique thing about it is there is a monument in front of the palace to a couple that died during Holodimir. Whats unique about it is this couple would of died serving the USSR. They were tasked with taking the food from the village. They went to one poor families house to take their food and the family killed them. So in their honor of having died serving the USSR there was a monument built to them. Built in the late 1800’s buy the Prince of Chetvernisky. The palace was designed by German architects. The prince was well loved by the people of the village. Despite his high status he would still go out and work with the local villagers. The prince committed suicide after finding out about his wife’s affair. During Soviet times the palace was used as a sanatorium and a children’s camp. It is now privately owned and in a deteriorating state.
This was a giant complex right in the middle of the town. It is all abandoned now but the ruins are very interesting to go see. There is also a church just near it that is interesting to check out while you are there. Built in the late 1700’s for the Sanguisha family. It held lavish balls and concerts until the end of the 19th century. It then came under the ownership of the Russian Imperial Army and was used as barracks. During WW2 it was mostly destroyed. The roof was destroyed by the Red Army to use the wood for heating. After the war a part of it was made livable and still used as barracks for the Army until the 1960’s. Now it is all abandoned and slowly falling apart