EU funds construction of interactive quest rooms in palace ruins in Rivne

Above the underground complex in the Shevchenko Park, construction workers are erecting the entrance group of structures which will greet visitors to the interactive attraction. On the top, these round structures will be covered by ultra-strong glass through which nobody will fall down.

Taras Maksymenko, Head of Culture and Tourism Department in Rivne, explained to Suspilne that at the present stage of the project’s implementation, construction workers have “crawled up to the surface” and are now doing external work.


After that, the complex will undergo the finishing work. Rivne citizens will be able to see how everything works in the summer of this year, but at the moment, Taras Maksymenko would not tell the specific date or even place of opening to be on the safe side.

As reported earlier, implementation of Rivne’s Mysterious Underground project is financed with a European Union grant of 443 thousand euros, with another 10% (or 1.5 million hryvnias) to be provided by the city. Earlier, the underground project’s initiators were saying that the project must be fully self-sufficient, and therefore, quest rooms for visitors and tourists had to be made so interesting that visitors would want to pay money to go there:

In addition, the Bohatyr sculpture, which initially had to be moved aside or even removed from that place altogether, will remain where it is.

Anatolii Haidamaka, Rivne’s Mysterious Underground project consultant:

“The concept will be unexpected. I don’t want to fully reveal all details, but will tell you that there is nothing like that in Ukraine. It will be a contrast: how it was and what it is now, to make it short. A visitor must see, must imagine what was in this place before, what kind of life it was, what the palace looked like. We are not going to make a model of it, but will make the contrast between the past life and what war has done to it and what people have done to it – that’s what the remains of this foundation will show.”


Taras Maksymenko, Head of Culture Department in Rivne:

“I’d like to point out how the landmark was destroyed: it did not survive the war. Anatolii did his part of intrigue, and in fact, the attraction will be very interesting. Exhibits are coming here from all over Ukraine; they must reflect that era, and many of these exhibits are from Rivne. There are unique exhibits among them: you will see the Lubomirski family’s coat of arms, various items from that era, and real musical notations of Casimir Lubomirski (a Polish nobleman, composer, son of the Vice Governor of Volhynia – editor’s note). People of Rivne will learn a lot of new information about their city.”



By Ivan Marchuk, Ruslan Savuliak

Source: Suspilne