That’s the landmark that is a must see for every tourist visiting Lutsk. The tower of this fortress can be seen from far away. Lubart’s Castle is one of the oldest and biggest castles in Ukraine. Despite its respectable age (the fortress was built in the 14th century), Lubart’s Castle is in good condition. It is a part of Old Lutsk Heritage Site.
In addition, there are some other attractions next to Lutsk Castle. On the territory of Lutsk Castle there are two museums. One of them is the Book Museum. Here you can see early printing machines; one of them is of impressive age and dates back to the 15th century. There is also a collection of books printed in the 17th -20th centuries. The pearls of the museum collection are the Official Gospel printed in 1644 in Lviv and the prayer book “Trebnyk” by Petro Moghyla published in 1646.
The other museum that you can find on the territory of Lubart’s Castle is the Bell Museum. It is the only museum of its kind in Ukraine. It is located in the wooden Bishop Tower of the 15th century. That was the place where bells from closed churches were brought and kept in the 1960s. The oldest one is 359 years old.
Not far from Lutsk Castle restaurant “Corona Vitautas” is located (Castle Square, Plytnysti St. 1). Inside you can see solid furniture, luxurious forged chandeliers, and high ceilings. One might think and feel as if they were in the prince’s dining room. The highlight of the restaurant is dishes cooked following ancient recipes.
Saint Peter and Paul Cathedral is located next to the college belonged to the Society of Jesus. These buildings are national architectural landmarks. Nowadays in the premises of the college there is an education institution, Saint Peter and Paul Cathedral attracts tourists by both its extraordinary architecture and mysterious catacombs.
The Volyn Icon Museum is for admirers of sacral painting. The iconic art museum in Lutsk has a collection of over 600 icons (17th –19th centuries), crosses, crucifixes, church books, sacral sculptures and items of decorative carvings. In the museum there is a unique hall-chapel where visitors come to worship and honour the miraculous Chelm icon of the Blessed Virgin dating back to the 11th-12th centuries! The history tells us that a lot of miracles and faith healing have happened while praying in front of the icon and it was Daniel of Galicia himself who brought this icon to Chelm (today’s Poland).
The Volyn Regional Museum of Ukrainian Military Forces and Equipment is a place that allows nobody to stay indifferent especially in current times. If you travel with teenagers (of course, first of all with the boys) don’t miss the chance to visit this place. The Volyn Military Museum is a branch of the Ukrainian National Military Historical Museum; it is the only spot of its kind in the western region. The display is open-air. Here you can find aviation and air defense systems, armored fighting vehicles, artillery and artillery weapons, various military support and communication devices and other types of armament. You can also visit a museum-based military historical library.
The Lutheran Church is one of the rare few samples of Gothic architecture in Volyn. Its foundation was laid on June 24, 1906 and funded by the local church community of German settlers. In 1907 the church was consecrated. Within the years of 1927 – 1928 two stone buildings were constructed next to it where the parish administration, pastor’s accommodation and a school for 250 pupils were housed in. But after beginning of World War II the German settlers were evicted from Volyn. The Soviet authorities used their church as a storehouse of Volyn Regional Archive and pastor’s house as the administration office and reading halls. In the 1990s the Baptist community of Lutsk completely restored the church and nowadays they use it for their spiritual needs.
The cathedral is first mentioned in documentary sources and records in 1585. This cathedral was laid down by Polish king Stephen Bathory. In 1992 the monastery became the Holy Trinity Orthodox Cathedral of Ukrainian Orthodox Church. Nowadays the School of Theology of Ukrainian Orthodox Church and a regional library are located in its premises. The church is a sample of basilica that is a type of architectural building peculiar for the times of the Roman Empire. The real treasure of the Cathedral is the gold plated icon stand dating from the 17th century and made in the Russian-Byzantine style. The central feature of the icon stand is delicate holy gates depicting four evangelists and Annunciation to the Blessed Virgin Mary. The most valuable icons of the church are “The Ascension of Christ” and “Convocation of Rus Saints” dating from the 19th century.
In the picturesque area (12 km from Lutsk) Skansen Museum of Agriculture in Volyn is located. It shows an exciting exposition of heroic past of the Ukrainian people. Spectacular and interesting materials are exhibited in seven halls of the museum and they tell about the origins of farming agriculture and stockbreeding in Volyn, ways of development and improvement of farming tools and equipment. The display highlights early methods of agriproduct processing, trades and crafts of peasants. It features the history of agricultural development in Volyn from ancient times to the present.