Тернопільський став / Ternopil Pond/Lake

One feature in Ternopil that no one will ever miss out is the Ternopil Pond (Lake). It divides the city into approximately 2 halves, and is just beside the city centre. For us, in order to reach the city centre from our dormitory, we have to take buses 11, 27 or 30, or trolleybuses 7 or 11, and all these will travel past the lake.

Satellite imagery of Ternopil from Google Earth. The dark blue area is the lake

Satellite imagery of Ternopil from Google Earth. The dark blue area is the lake

Map of Ternopil Lake

Map of Ternopil Lake on Google Maps

It might not be obvious, but cities with lakes in their city centres are rare. Most cities have rivers passing through them, or are situated along the coast of a sea or big lake, but very few cities in the world can claim that they contain a lake within itself. Europe has only two of such cities. One is the famous Geneva, which you might see on the news or tourist guides often, and the other one is, Ternopil.

This reinforces the stand that Ternopil is unique!

Signboard to Ternopil Lake

On the southeast corner of the lake is the Ternopil Castle / Zamok (below). It is now a nightclub called Maxim.

Ternopil Castle, which is now the nightclub Maxim

Ternopil Castle, which is now the nightclub Maxim

Ternopil Castle, Тернопільський замок, was the starting mark of the development of Ternopil city. It was constructed between 1540 to 1548, and was originally where a Polish nobleman, Jan Amor Tanowski, the founder of Ternopil city, stayed. There was originally a moat around the castle, but it does not exist now. In 1675, the Ottoman army completely destroyed the castle, but it was rebuilt in 1840.

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Many people walking, ice skating or playing ice hockey on the frozen lake surface. There won't be a chance to do these in 2 days' time, when the temperature climbs above 0 and the ice melts.

Many people walking, ice skating or playing ice hockey on the frozen lake surface. There won’t be a chance to do these in 2 days’ time, when the temperature climbs above 0 and the ice melts.

It was about -11 degrees Celsius when we visited it, so it is not surprising that the lake surface is frozen and covered with snow.

Me on the frozen lake

Me on the frozen lake

Parks and forests surround some sides of the lake, while the city centre and residential and industrial suburbs cover the east of the lake. A small forest called Kutkivetskyy is on the northwest, while Zagrebella Park lies on the southwest, not far away from the Economic University (we should take a walk there one day!). Along the road that connects the east and the west of the city, one side is the lake, and the other side is the Topilche Park. Near the castle lies the small Shevchenka Park.

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Tourist kiosk beside the lake, probably closed in winter

Tourist kiosk beside the lake, probably closed in winter

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