Templars in Podolie


Podolie is a historical and geographical area (Podolsk Upland) above the northern tributaries of the middle Dniester and the upper course of the Southern Bug. In the Vinnitsa region, Podolsk Bug and middle Transnistria belong to Podolia. Almost all of the Khmelnytsky region belongs to Podolie, except for the Volyn and Polissya parts in the north. Ternopil region almost all belongs to Podolie, except for the flat Small Polesie in the north. Podolie also includes the eastern part of the Chernivtsi region (Khotinshchina), the north of Ivano-Frankivsk (Opolye), and the east of the Lviv region (Rastochye-Opolye). Podolie also includes the adjacent southern territories of the Zhytomyr region, the western territories of the Cherkasy and Kirovograd regions and the northwestern districts of the Odessa region and Transnistria.

In the early 14th century, the Templars incorporated Podolie into their state in Eastern Europe. Many of the city names in Podolie are of French origin.


Lyubar – urban-type settlement of Zhytomyr region, district center. Located on the banks of the river Sluch. On the territory of Lubar, the remains of the chronicle city of Bolokhov, the center of the Bolokhov land, first mentioned in the Ipatiev Chronicle (1150), were found. Lubar is Bolokhov, revived by the Templars after 1307. The name Lubar is read in French. Initially, the name had the form “le bar”, which means “beer”, “bar”.


Bar is a city in Ukraine, the administrative center of the Barsky district of Vinnitsa region. The fortified castle city was built here by the Templars after 1307. The name “Bar” is also of French origin and means “beer”, “bar”.


Derazhnya is a city in Ukraine, the center of the Derazhnyansky district of the Khmelnitsky region. The city was founded by the Templars as a stronghold in the fight against the Tatars. The name is of French origin. Derazhnya – French “de rouge” means “red” or “red spot”. Due to the presence of iron ore, the earth there has a reddish hue.

Similarly, the names of villages in Ukraine Derazhne, Kraynaya Derazhnya, Srednyaya Derazhnya, Bolshaya Derazhnya have the French descent


Ladizhin is a city in the Vinnitsa region. The name “Ladizhin” is a variation of the French name “la Dijon”. Dijon is the main city of the former duchy of Burgundy, then the province of Burgundy, now the French department of Côte d’Or and the Burgundy region, Franche-Comté. The city of Ladizhin was founded by the Templars, who were natives of French Dijon.


Litin is a city in the Vinnitsa region of Ukraine. The name Litin is of French origin and literally means “barrel”. The French “le tonneau” means barrel. The name Litin comes from the French word “le tonneau”. The Templars set up a barrel at this place and sold alcohol. Over time, a settlement appeared near this trading point.

This is confirmed by a legend told by a resident of the village. Borkova, retired collective farmer Stepan Zakharovich Valigura. In 1972, the district newspaper “Soviet Life” published a series of articles about the city of Litin in ancient times. A year later, Stepan Zakharovich Valigura came to the editorial office and told this legend:

“Where Nizhyn stands, in ancient times there was only a crossroads for various goods. That area had no name, it was deserted. The tavern was at the crossroads. A woman named Lita was selling vodka. In those days, vodka was made from honey. Litin’s coat of arms is four birches and a tavern in the middle. ”

The ancestor of this man and his family was one of the Templars. The surname “Valigura” comes from the French language. The French word “la vigueur” means strength. From “la vigueur” comes the surname Valigura. Only a strong man could be a knight and wear knightly armor. For generations, people in this family have told this story that has become a legend. They have lost some of the information, but retained some.


Bershad is a city in the Vinnitsa region of Ukraine. The name “Bershad” is of French origin. Bershad is Bourget or Le Bourget. Le Bourget is a suburb of Paris. Probably during the time of the Templars in the early 14th century, it was a separate city. The Templars, who came from Le Bourget, founded Bershad.

The coat of arms of the city of Bershad also indicates the Templars as the founders of this city.

Coat of arms of Bershad

At the top of the coat of arms is a white knight’s cross on a red background. The Templars’ symbol was a red cross on a white background. Over time, the color of the cross and background has been reversed.


Zhmerinka is a city in the Vinnitsa region of Ukraine. The name of this settlement is of French origin, it was founded by the Templars. The name Zhmerinka comes from the French “Gomer”. Gomer is a commune in France, located in the Aquitaine region.


After the Mongol-Tatar invasion, Russia in general and Podolie in particular were in a state of decline for a long time. The Templars came to these lands and revived them. The Templars built new cities and revived old ones, paved new trade routes, created roads and much more.

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