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Two Castles and a Monastery
This one-day tour includes two popular castles - Olesko and Pidhirtsi - and an old monastery in Pidkamin. These places fully illustrate the historical value of Lviv region. All the sights are located in a close distance from each other (15-30 minutes of drive) in small authentic villages.
That is definitely a unique trip, as the standard route of the Castle Tour does not include Pidkamin - an ancient town, where you can watch an old monastery, a rock and the old cossack's crosses around.


The route of a tour: Lviv - Olesko - Pidhirtsi - Pidkamin - Lviv.

We start the tour at 10.00 A.M. departing from Lviv. It will take us about an hour to get to the first object - the Olesko Castle. You will watch the castle right from the road as it is located on the hill. It is an outstanding architectural and historic monument from the 13th - 18th centuries, once a strong fortress of old Rus in the 14th century. Later in the 15th - 16th century Olesko Castle was turned into a palace for aristocracy and remodeled in the Italian Renaissance style in the 1620s. The famous Polish king Jan III Sobieski was born there in 1629. The king often lived in Olesko Castle and collected numerous art works. Afterwards the castle belonged to the Rzewuski family.
After restoration in 1965-1975 Olesko Castle became a museum. Hundreds of unique paintings, sculptures and applied arts can be seen in the museum. Among them are icons, portraits, still-lives, the monumental picture of the Battle of Vienna, old furniture and wooden sculptures. In the Olesko Castle basement there is a well which also served as an escape passage for the besieged. A nice park with some modern sculptures surrounds Olesko Castle.
You can also have a lunch in the popular archaized restaurant "Hrydnycia" right in Olesko Castle. Mostly it offers to taste an old Ukrainian cuisine and self-producted liqueurs.


It will take us no more as 20 minutes to get to the Pidhirtsi Castle. It represents the late Renaissance style dating to 1635-1640. It belonged to the aristocratic Rzewuski family, was not intended as a defense structure and should be more accurately called a palace. Pidhirtsi Castle is surrounded by a moat and includes a Baroque church of St. Joseph (1752-1766). It has a wall with a heavy gate and a park with old trees.
Pidhirtsi Castle has been under restoration after years when it was used as a Soviet hospital. It may take many years before it regains its previous glory. However visitors are admitted and have to use their imagination when looking at once grand interiors.


Pidkamin is located only in about 30 minutes from Pidhirtsi. The village takes its name (translatable into English as "below the rock") from from an inselberg, called the "devils rock", located on the adjacent hill. Pidkamin became known for a Dominican monastery. It was first established by the twelve monks from a monastery established by Saint Hyacinth in Kyiv, who were forced to flee from the city when it was ravaged by Mongols.
During the 17th century, a fortified abbey was constructed. Pidkamin hosted a wonder-working icon of the Blessed Virgin Mary (a copy of the famous Protectress of the Roman People from the Santa Maria Maggiore Basilica in Rome), crowned in 1727. After World War II the icon was removed from Pidkamin to rescue it from communists and today remains in the Dominican church of St. Adalbert in Wroclaw, Poland.
During World War I Pidkamin was largely destroyed by Russian artillery in 1915. After World War II in 1946 the monastery was closed by the soviets and turned into a jail. Later the monastery was used as psychiatric hospital, which still exists, and the church was turned into a stable.
After the collapse of the soviet union and the emergence of independent Ukraine, the ruins of the monastery were given to Ukrainian Greek Catholic Studite Monks.


Transportation fee:
by car (up to 3 persons) - 3200 UAH
by minibus (up to 7-8 persons) - 3900 UAH

- transfer (a car/minibus with a driver)
- Lviv region map
- print-outs (short information about the sites)

Does not include:
- guide service
- entrance tickets
- lunch

* The tour is non-guided. You will be provided with a map of the Lviv region and the print-outs about the sights that you are going to visit. You can take an English-speaking guide with you at the additional fee of 4000 UAH.

Please make the previous reservation. Contact us by e-mail or by tel. +38032 235 76 30, +380984492525 or coming along to our office.

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Information about Olesko, Pidhirtsi and Pidkamin (in English)

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