#youaretheguard

12 guards is a Social project on the restoration of Ukrainian castles

you can’t change the past, but you can help save the best of it ...

About the project "12 guards"

There are 5000 fortifications in Ukraine. Unfortunately, the vast majority of Ukrainians know only about some of them.

Our Project Team traveled thousands of kilometers to select 12 castles with bright history, energy, and legends. Each of them needs our help. Each of them is amazing. You probably know nothing about most of them, but they are definitely worth your attention!

Our Castles

The "12 Guards" are not only amazingly beautiful but also in terrifying disrepair.

What does "12 guards" mean?

The fate of the castles is nowadays in the hands of several ordinary people. They are volunteers who dedicated their lives to saving Ukrainian history.

They call themselves guards. Their mission is to take care of our past every day.

The guards are ordinary people who save our history ...

All of them are our superheroes. But they won’t manage on their own.

Sister Symona
Sister Symona is the guard of Yazlivetsky monastery. Nobody knows how old she is.

She has been living here for over a quarter-century taking care of the nearby castle.

By the way, this photograph is the only one she has.
Mr. Volodymyr Mandzyak
Mister Volodymyr has been the director of Svirzhsky Castle for 37 years.

His salary is about USD 100 per month.

He does all the necessary work around the castle with his own hands. He will cook such soup for you that you will never forget visiting this castle.
Ms STEPHANIA
The lady is already 85 years old. She lives in the only habitable wing of the fortress in the Mikulinetsky castle.

Her pension money is hardly enough for her to make both ends meet but she feeds also a few dogs, who help her guard the fortress against the final theft of bricks. When we interviewed her, she asked us to buy her some ice cream.

Join us! You are the guard!

It is easy to help. You can buy one of the goods in our store. Each cent will be spent to bring the castles back to life.

"LITTLE MAGICAL TRIP" BOOK
Pre-order
BRACELET WITH SILVER FEATHER
600 UAH
Bracelet "12 guards"
700 UAH
BRANDS "12 AMOUNTS" WITH YELLOW ENAMEL
800 UAH

What measures do we plan to take to give castles a chance for a second life?

REAL HELP TO EACH CASTLE
Preserving historical landmarks brick by brick
Establishment of Touristic zone
Providing conditions for recreation and studying the history of the castles
A FILM ABOUT EACH CASTLE
Video stories coming from the guards who will tell the whole world about our cultural heritage
Travel Guide Website
A self-guided tour to the castles of Ukraine is an interesting and spectacular pastime.
POPULARIZATION OF THE PROJECT
You can become part of a big mission

If we don’t help the Ukrainian castles, they will fade away into nothing within the following 60 years.

... and they'll tell us #goodbyeforever

The first steps have already been taken

The socially responsible company has chosen one of the castles of the project "12 guards"

This is the Shariv Palace and Park Complex
The BASF's agribusiness took the Shariv Palace and Park Complex under patronage.

1 dollar from each sold pack of the product "Architect" goes to the restoration of the palace. There are ongoing restoration works in the castle now.

We are a country of amazing castles!

So let's open them to the whole world!

Officially public but alienated
the castles having obtained the names of historical monuments are now left without a chance to be restored. These buildings are protected by volunteers. Those who had the honor of being born nearby.
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