The Herbuts' Land


The Herburts‘ Land is the territory of several villages and towns in the Western Ukraine and in the Eastern Poland, respectively. The Herburt, an old German noble family left a significant historical heritge in the region after their time spent in power and also informally influenced the eastern border of the former Galicia.

Today many shops, restaurants and sport places in the region are named after „Herburt“. Old railway stations, brick factories, market places of towns and villages are inherited by the locals from the period of the Austro-Hungarian rule. Provincial life in the once great but now abandoned and nearly ruined infrastructure remains of the Herburt family are there now.

The train Nyzankovychi-Sambir just past the Vyrva river in Dobromyl city, December 2015. Nyzankovychi is the city on the EU border with a hope to renew an old train line to Poland in 2019. Dobromyl was one of the main cities of Herburt dynasty.
Two summits over Dobromyl city, January 2014. The ruins of Herbuts' dynasty castle are located on the top of Slipa mountain (on the left).
„Herburt“ football stadion and an old Austro-Hungurian brick plant in the village of Ternava, January 2016.
A train driver on the way to Sambor, following the first Hungary-Galician traine route, built at the end of XIX century. Dobromyl city, December 2015.
Good Friday, March 2013. Inhabitants of Katyna village in the churchyard after Jesus' crucifixion Orthodox remembering event.
The house in Dobromyl, 2016.
A mother and her son in their house in the village of Hrabivnytsia, Ukraine, December 2015.
The passengers of the bus from Sambir city to Humanets village - one of the historical places of Herbusts‘ dynasty. Humanets village, September 2017.
A chapel in Tarnava village, Feburary 2018.
A resident of Dobromyl, January 2019.
A house for sale, Dobromyl, 2018.
Eugene at home in Dobromyl, November 2018. The house where he lives was built under Austro-Hungarian rule as a technical building of the First Hungarian-Galician Railways. Today the house belongs to Ukrainian Railways. The Ukrainian part of this route is covered with one train per day. The train journey from Sambir city ends in several kilometers away from Eugene's house on the border of European Union in Nyzankowychi.
A bus stop station in Dobromyl, 2017.
83 y.o. Mychaylo Tshukwinskyj with a portrait of Jan Herburt at his home museum in Dobromyl. Mr. Tshukwinskyj was an engineer, he built nuclear power plants around the world. For many years he has been exploring the Herburts’ dynasty. Mr. Tshukwinskyj‘s dream is to establish a local lore museum in the arsenal - the oldest building of Dobromyl built by Jan Herburt. Dobromyl, 2017.
The chidren of Dobromyl, 2016.
An angel statuette near the Vyrva river, Dobromyl city, 2018.
A playground. Dobromyl, 2018.
A stand with broken photos about the celebration of Christmas in Dobromil, 2018
Abandoned train station in Dobromyl. Twice a day there is a stop for a single train on the route from Sambir to Nyzankovytshi, 2016.
58 y. o. Wasyl from Humanets village, September 2017. He didn‘t go to Donbas as a soldier because of his soldier colleagues from the Soviet-Afghan War. He doesn‘t want to shoot to them from another side of a frontline.
Dobromyl, 2017.
St. Nicolaus crossing EU border from Poland to Ukraine along the former 102 train route Przemysl Glówny - Malhowice. Followed by two railcars he brings a lot of gifts for Ukrainian children in Nyzankowytschi village. December, 2017.