Weekend trip to Ternopil: what to see
Ternopil is a perfect destination for a weekend trip. It’s cozy, beautiful and clean, as if Monica from “Friends” moved here.
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Ternopil has wonderful nature and amazing architecture. The locals here cherish old traditions, but are also open to new things. They are progressive, sincere, cheerful and love Ternopil with all their hearts. And you will love it.
In this material we will tell you what sights to visit in Ternopil to feel the energy of the city and see the city in all its glory.
What to see in Ternopil?
Of course, you should begin your acquaintance with Ternopil from the center. Walk along Valova Street, Shevchenko Boulevard, and Sagaidachnogo Street and prepare to enjoy a sense of beauty at every turn. These central streets have barely changed in the last hundred years, so when you stroll down them you sense the spirit of the past. Laconic yet ornate 19th century houses are beautifully photographed.
This is the main square of the city, where every day there is a buzz of life. The creative atmosphere reigns here, and the Drama Theater fascinates with its beauty. The Drama Theater was founded in 1915 as the first professional theater in the city. The modern building was built in 1957. The capacity of the theater is about 600 people and it regularly organizes performances, which are very popular among both locals and guests.
There is a cozy park near the theater, where the monument to Taras Shevchenko is installed.
Monument to Solomiya Krushelnytska
On Shevchenko Boulevard, which stretches from Theatre Square, you can also see the monument to Solomiya Krushelnitskaya. Not everyone knows, but the world famous opera singer was born in the Ternopol region.
Church of the Nativity
This XVII century building is one of the oldest in Ternopil. It is easy to find the church, as it is located in the very center.
The temple has a very unusual appearance and looks more like a fortress than a religious object. What is interesting is that inside the church looks significantly smaller than it looks from the outside. The temple in Ternopil is richly decorated with frescoes and bas-reliefs. Inside the shrine, you can see an important religious landmark – an ancient icon of Our Lady of Ternopil.
This natural attraction is located in the center of Ternopil. The artificial pond with the area of more than 300 hectares is as old as the city, it was created in 1548 together with Ternopol Castle. Around the pond there are a lot of green areas for recreation and plenty of entertainment on the water.
For example, you can rent a yacht, ride jet skis, catamarans and pleasure boats and you can also just stroll along the waterfront, go to, for example, the island of lovers and enjoy the beautiful views and unity with nature.
The park is adjacent to the lake and is a great addition for relaxing in the company of nature. There is also an inscription I love Ternopil, not far from which you can lie on the green lawn.
The park has picturesque fountains that are illuminated in the evening, so it is pleasant to walk here not only during the day.
This complex does not look like a mighty fortress, but nevertheless, the main function of Ternopil castle was precisely defense. During the war, the original building of the 16th century was almost completely destroyed. It has been reconstructed to look the way it does now.
Inside the castle there are exhibition halls and a training and sports center.
Among the must-see places in Ternopil is the baroque Dominican Cathedral. During the war in 1944, the eighteenth-century building was severely damaged, and its reconstruction took over ten years.
Museum of political prisoners
In this place you can plunge into the chilling past of Ternopil. The exhibits of the museum of political prisoners tell about the struggle of nationalists against communism, about the repression of special services, and about the living conditions of prisoners in the camps.
Here you can look into the basement cells, where the conditions of the prison were recreated, see the punishment cell, instruments of torture and everyday objects of prisoners.
Church of the Elevation
It is the oldest temple in Ternopil. It was first mentioned in 1570. It was built by the crown hetman Tarnovsky, the founder of the city.
The temple has more than once risen from the ashes, it has been resurrected and reconstructed over and over again. Vozdvizhenskaya Church was located above a picturesque pond, so it is also called Nadstvennaya. In the architectural design of the landmark you can recognize the ancient Russian defense elements. The building has no domes, and next to it is an ancient bell tower, built back in 1627.
Be sure to visit it and feel the extraordinary atmosphere of this historic place.
This picturesque location is located on the corner of Kachaly and Shevchenko streets. There is a large house of the XIX century, whose courtyard is called Venetian for the design with an arcade and portal with columns.
Until recently the municipal police department was located there, and the facility was in poor condition. Nowadays, the partially restored Venetian patio is a summer patio-terrace of a restaurant-gallery.
Ternopil: how to get there
There are several trains between Kyiv and Ternopil. Intercity is the most expensive option, but the most time efficient and comfortable. The other trains arrive in Ternopil late in the evening or at night, and that is not very convenient.
You can also take a bus from Kiev to Ternopil, but to be honest, it’s a dubious pleasure.
What travelers say about Ternopil
I liked Ternopil very much for its quietness and the feeling that you are like an udome. Wonderful embankment and park, where you can walk for years. Well, the ancient buildings, churches and streets will fascinate you forever.
Shevchenko Park is a very beautiful place. Especially you need to go for a walk in the evening, when it gets dark. You will get unforgettable pleasure from the fountains that shine.
Just very much advised to visit the Church of the Nativity, the one in the center, with green domes. The church has very beautiful decorations inside, old frescoes from when it was built. Impressive.