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The town was founded around a wooden castle built by a local branch of the Rurik Dynasty.At times the stronghold was a capital of the duchy, but since there was no need for a fixed capital in medieval Europe, the town did not become an important centre of commerce or culture.In 1240 the nearby town was seized and looted by the Tatars, but the castle was not harmed.

Luts’k, Polish: Łuck) is a city located by the Styr River in north-western Ukraine.

It is the administrative center of the Volyn Oblast (province), as well as the administrative center of the surrounding Lutskyi Raion (district) within the oblast.

The city itself is also designated as its own separate raion within the oblast.

The current estimated population is around 206,000 (as of 2007).

Lutsk is an ancient Slavic town, mentioned in the Hypatian Chronicle as Luchesk in the records under 1085. There are three hypotheses: - the name is derived from the old-Slavic word luka, an arc or bend (of a river).

According to legends, Luchesk was founded in the 7th century.However, the first known documental reference is from the year 1085.The town was the capital of Halych-Volynia until the foundation of Volodymyr-Volynsky.In 1349 the town was captured by the forces of Casimir III, but it was soon retaken by Lithuania.During the Lithuanian rule the town began to prosper.Lubart, son of Gedymin, erected a stone castle as a part of his fortification effort.

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