Tovste (urban-type settlement)

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For the village in Masovian Voivodeship of Poland, see Tłuste.
Urban-type settlement
Coat of arms of Tovste
Coat of arms
Tovste is located in Ukraine
Location of Tovste in Ukraine
Coordinates: 48°50′47″N 25°43′31″E / 48.84639°N 25.72528°E / 48.84639; 25.72528Coordinates: 48°50′47″N 25°43′31″E / 48.84639°N 25.72528°E / 48.84639; 25.72528
Country  Ukraine
Province  Ternopil Oblast
District Zalischyky Raion
Founded 1414
Town status 1944
 • Town Head Liubomyr Drants
 • Total 17 km2 (7 sq mi)
Elevation[1] 282 m (925 ft)
Population (2001)
 • Total 3,460
 • Density 200/km2 (530/sq mi)
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Postal code 48630
Area code +380 3554

Tovste (Ukrainian: Товсте) is an urban-type settlement in the Zalischyky Raion (district) of Ternopil Oblast (province) in western Ukraine. Its population is 3,460 as of the 2001 Ukrainian Census.[2] The town is located on the TernopilChernivtsi automobile road in the historic region of Podolia, on the banks of the Tupa River, a tributary of the Seret.[3]

Historians date the remains of human settlement in the area back to the 9th century,[4] revealing evidence of the Chernyakhov culture and ancient Kievan Rus' civilizations, as well as the Roman Empire.[5] Historic documents first mentioned the settlement in 1414 as the village of Tolste (Ukrainian: Толсте).[4][6]

In the 15th century, the settlement came under control of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth and was renamed to the Polish variant Tłuste (Ukrainian: Тлусте). In 1548, Tłuste was granted Magdeburg rights, which it kept until 1944 when its status was downgraded to that of an urban-type settlement.[3] The settlement was renamed two years later from its Polish name to its current Ukrainian equivalent Tovste.[3] On December 4, 1996, Tovste was admitted into the League of Historic Cities of Ukraine.[3]

In the town there are numerous architectural monuments: the Roman Catholic Cathedral of Saint Anne, built in late 19th-early 20th century, whose reconstruction is being funded by former Polish residents of Tovste; the Greek Catholic Church of Saint Michael the Archangel, built from 1913-1939; as well as a modern Ukrainian Orthodox Church, built from 1991-1995.[6] The town also housed a Jewish synagogue, which was destroyed during World War II, the remains of which are no longer to be found.[6]

People from Tovste[edit]


  1. ^ "Tovste (Ternopil Oblast, Zalischyky Raion)". (in Ukrainian). Retrieved 2 February 2012. 
  2. ^ "Tovste, Ternopil Oblast, Zalischyky Raion". Regions of Ukraine and their Structure (in Ukrainian). Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine. Retrieved 2 February 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Fortifications of Tolste: History". (in Russian). Retrieved 2 February 2012. 
  4. ^ a b Douglas, Hykle. "Why is Tluste / Tovste special?". Tovste - Poland, Ukraine. Retrieved 2 February 2012. 
  5. ^ "Tovste". Castles and Churches of Ukraine (in Ukrainian). Retrieved 2 February 2012. 
  6. ^ a b c "Tovste (Tluste)". Architectural and Natural Monuments of Ukraine (in Ukrainian). Retrieved 2 February 2012. 
  7. ^ "Ancestry of Eliot Spitzer". William Adams Reitwiesner Genealogical Services. Retrieved 2 February 2012. 

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