Zhytomyr Oblast

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Верховня дворец Ганских

Museum Honore de Balzac in Verkhovnia, Ukraine

In 1832, Ewelina Hańska initiated a correspondence with Honoré de Balzac that led to their eventual marriage in 1850. Despite initial disappointment on their first meet, Balzac’s charm and intelligence won Evelina over. Their relationship was complicated by inheritance disputes and an approval needed for the marriage. A failed pregnancy in 1845 further saddened them. Balzac passed away later in 1850. Their residence now hosts an agricultural college and a museum with certain relics. The estate’s chapel and crypt, previously family tombs, are now empty.