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Ternopil Oblast,


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Ternopil Oblast' (UkrainianТернопільська областьtranslit. Ternopil’s’ka oblast’; also referred to as Ternopilshchyna - Ukrainian: Тернопільщина) is anoblast' (province) of Ukraine. Its administrative center is Ternopil, through which flows the Seret River, a tributary of the Dnister.

Ternopil (Ukrainian: Тернопіль, translit. Ternopil’, Polish: Tarnopol, German: Tarnopol Russian: Тернополь, translit. Ternopol’), is a city in western Ukraine, located on the banks of the Seret River. Ternopil is one of the major cities of Western Ukraine and the historical region of Galicia. It is served by Ternopil Airport.

In 2010, the population was 218,641.

Administrative status

The city is the administrative center of the Ternopil Oblast (province), as well as of the surrounding Ternopil Raion (district) within the oblast. However, Ternopil is a city of oblast subordinance, thus being subject directly to the oblast authorities rather than to the raion administration housed in the city itself.


The area of the oblast is 13,800 km². The Dnister forms the southern border with the Chernivtsi Oblast. Some of its tributaries flowing through the oblast are theZbruch, the Seret and the Strypa Rivers. The Seret River, not to be confused with the Siret River nor the smaller Seret in Lviv Oblast, is a left tributary of the Dnister flowing through the oblast capital, i.e. Ternopil.

Points of interest

The following historic-cultural sites were nominated for the Seven Wonders of Ukraine.

  • Verteb cavern
  • Bohyt
  • The ruins of Czerwonogród
  • Pochaiv Lavra
  • Zavarnytsia spiritual center
  • Vyshnevets Palace
  • Camp UPA
Dzhuryn Waterfall, one of the highest in Ukraine.
  • Dzhuryn Waterfall
  • Ternopil Castle
  • Berezhany Castle


Although the city continues to grow rapidly, heavily supported by remittances from workers abroad, many abandoned buildings in rural areas of the oblast and even in the city give mute evidence that the economy is uneven.