Ostroh

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Ostroh
Острог
Ostróg
City
Flag of Ostroh
Flag
Coat of arms of Ostroh
Coat of arms
Map of Ukraine (blue) with Rivne Oblast and Ostroh (red).
Map of Ukraine (blue) with Rivne Oblast and Ostroh (red).
Coordinates: 50°20′0″N 26°31′0″E / 50.33333°N 26.51667°E / 50.33333; 26.51667
Country  Ukraine
Oblast  Rivne Oblast
Raion Flag of Ostroh.PNG Ostroh Raion
First mentioned 1100
City rights 1795
Government
 • Mayor Taras Pustovit
Area
 • Total 10.9 km2 (4.2 sq mi)
Population (2001 census)
 • Total 14,801
 • Density 1,358/km2 (3,520/sq mi)
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Postal code 35800—35807
Area code(s) +380 3654
Sister cities Poland Sandomierz, Bieruń[1]
Website http://www.ostroh.rv.ua/

Ostroh (Ukrainian: Остро́г; Russian: Остро́г, Ostrog, Polish: Ostróg) is a historic city located in Rivne Oblast (province) of western Ukraine, located on the Horyn River. Ostroh is the administrative center of the Ostroh Raion (district) and is itself designated as a special administrative subordination within the oblast. The current estimated population is around 15,202 (as of 2007). The Ostroh Academy was established here in 1576, was the first higher educational institution in current Ukraine. Furthermore, in the 16th century, first East Slavic books, notably the Ostrog Bible, were printed there.

History[edit]

The Mezhyrich Monastery in the 2000s.

The Hypatian Codex first mentions Ostroh in 1100, as a fortress of the Volhynian princes. Since the 14th century, it was the seat of the powerful Ostrogski princely family, who developed their town into a great centre of learning and commerce. Upon the family's extinction in the 17th century, Ostroh passed to the Lubomirski family.

In the second half of the 14th century, Ostroh, together with whole Volhynia, was annexed by the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. Following the Union of Lublin (1569), the town became part of the Crown of the Kingdom of Poland, where it remained until the late 18th century (see Partitions of Poland). Ostroh, known in Polish as Ostrog, received Magdeburg rights in 1585. In the 17th century, the town was surrounded by fortifications, with a moat, a rampart and five bastions. In 1609–1753, it was the capital of the Ostrogski family fee tail, founded by Voivode Janusz Ostrogski, who invited Bernardine monks to Ostrog. Furthermore, the town had a Calvinist academy; among its lecturers was Andrzej Wegierski.

During the Khmelnytsky Uprising, the town was burned by the Cossacks, and its residents were murdered. Ostrog slowly recovered, and in the second half of the 18th century, it became the seat of a Jesuit college (see Collegium Nobilium). In 1793, the town was annexed by the Russian Empire, in which it remained until 1918. Railroad lines, built in the 19th century, missed Ostrog, and as a result, the town stagnated.

In the interbellum period, Ostrog belonged to County of Zdolbunow, Volhynian Voivodeship of the Second Polish Republic. The town was an important garrison of the Polish Army, and the Border Protection Corps (KOP). Here, KOP Battalion “Ostrog” was stationed, as well as the 19th Regiment of Volhynian Uhlans. On July 7, 1920, during the Polish-Soviet War, a battle between Polish unit under Wincenty Krajowski, and Bolsheviks of Semyon Budyonny’s 1st Cavalry Army took place. Since in 1919 - 1939 Ostrog was located in close proximity to the Polish - Soviet border, special passes were required to enter some districts of the town.

Following the 1939 Soviet invasion of Poland, Ostrog was annexed by the Soviet Union, as part of the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic. Unknown number of town’s residents were forcibly sent to Siberia.

Landmarks include the Ostroh Castle on the Red Hill, with the Epiphany church (built in the fifteenth century) and several towers. To the north-west from the castle stand two sixteenth-century towers. The suburb of Mezhirichi contains the Trinity abbey, with a fifteenth-century cathedral and other old structures.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sister cities". Official website of the Ostroh City Council (in Ukrainian). Retrieved 2008-06-14. 

External links[edit]

  • "Main". Official website of the Ostroh City Council (in Ukrainian). Retrieved 2008-06-14. 
  • "Ostroh". art.lutsk.ua (in Ukrainian). Retrieved 2008-06-14. 
  • "Ostroh free classifieds newspaper". Ostroh free classifieds newspaper (in Ukrainian). Retrieved 2013-01-22. 

Coordinates: 50°20′N 26°31′E / 50.333°N 26.517°E / 50.333; 26.517