The Spiritual significance of Ostroh Academy

Viktor Atamanenko, PhD, DSc, ProfTit
National University “Ostroh Academy” (Ukraine)

Volume 1/2014

Publication type: research article

Pages: 159-175

Publication language: Ukrainian


The focus of this article is to examine the legacy of the Ostroh Academy, the fi rst institution of higher learning in Eastern Europe which was established through the effort and support of Prince Vasyl Konstantyn Ostrozkyh, a leading social and cultural activist. The town of Ostroh, located in the region of Volhynia, became the center of the Ukrainian culture and education in the sixteenth century. It was Prince Vasyl Konstantyn Ostrozky who succeeded in bringing to Ostroh leading church and cultural fi gures representing various nationalities and religions. The fi nancial contribution made by the prince was a signifi cant contribution to its establishment and development.