The original fortress with high stone walls was completed in 1558. Today's palace was built on the site of the former fortress in the 19th century after Ternopil became a royal city. In World War II the palace was heavily damaged and the main building was restored in Soviet style in the 1950s. We didn't really find the castle on our visit because we were looking for a castle and not a palace and just realized later that we had walked right past it.
If you walk past Hotel Ternopil to the long staircase which leads down to the lake then you will see the palace building on your right and this is the entrance side. On my photo you notice the tall building to the left of the picture, this is the castle backside. Also you can still recognize where the former kasematts were between the palace and the church.
You will encounter a monument to Ivan Franko more or less in every Western Ukrainian town. Ivan Franko was a poet, writer, thinker etc. He lived from 27.8.1856 - 28.5.1916. He founded the socialist movement in Western Ukraine and was well known as a radical politically.
Since the Ukrainian language hasn't got a "G" but the G is used as H the name of this proud horseman can be a bit confusing. But he is Danilo of Galicia. His proper name is Daniel Romanovich and he became the ruler of Galicia and Volhynia, two provinces that were united. Daniel of Galicia lived from 1201 until 1264 and he ruled the lands from 1238 until his death.
Daniel of Galicia is also the founder of Lviv.
The interior of the Dominican church is absolutely beautiful. Amazingly in some guide books the church is not even mentioned as a site to visit although it's right in the center of town and extremely popular with locals to get married in it.
Since we were there on a Saturday and many weddings were going on we just entered the church at the end of a ceremony and quickly took pictures before the next wedding party arrived.
The Dominican church was built between 1749 and 1779 by the architect A. Moszynski. The roofs of the spires look like pyramids. In WWII the church was ruined but was restored in 1953. After that it was used as an art gallery until 1992 when it became the Uniate temple.
The Church of Resurrection was originally built near the city rampart between 1602 and 1608 and was supposedly a Catholic church. Later reconstruction in the 1930s changed the original Podillian design by Master Leontiy.
The railway station is an impressive looking building which was recently renovated. It has a kiosk, pay toilets, a left-luggage (downstairs).
Also there are various ticket counters. We bought our train ticket to Lviv for the next day from counter no. 3. If you need an international ticket then you need to go upstairs to buy it. But mind you, you cannot buy Lviv-Budapest there but only Ternopil-Budapest for instance.
The Ukrainian word "stav" means pond. But what you see, is more like a lake as there are boat trips available. Some guidebooks say that it is actually an artificial lake. Well, whatever it is in warm weather it makes a pleasant outing. You can promenade along the lake shore and sit on a bench enjoying a peaceful rest and watch the locals go by.
Lots of roads and tourist routes lead to Ternopil. Whichever direction you would choose to enter the city, youd be met by new multi-storied dwelling and industrial buildings, but in a peculiar way intermixed with nice neat houses, surrounded by beautiful well-trimmed gardens full of bright flowers and fruit trees, along quiet streets, and by tender squares, cosy parks and, for sure, by the blue reach of the Ternopil Pond.
This beautiful monument of Patriarch Iosif is located next to the Dominican church. I tried to find out who exactly this man was but didn't manage.
This impressive looking theatre is actually not that old. It's apparently the best know piece of Soviet architecture in Ternopil and was built from 1953-55.
This fortified church is sometimes called church on the pond. It was built at the end of the 16th century. The bell tower was finished in 1627.
Shevchenko park is situated on the lake shore. We didn't have time to explore it in dept but there is at least one beer garden and a children's playground to be found within the park.