A Ukrainian couple from the village of Akimova have spent the last 10 years literally building their own fairy tale castle. And because of their resemblance to the popular animation characters, they are known as Shrek and Fiona by the locals. Anatoly and Larisa Galitsky love children, so one day they decided to build a castle-themed cafe where they could come and play in a unique setting. The courtyard was supposed to be full of swings and carousels for the kids to enjoy, while the castle interior was designed to look like what they read in popular stories. However, the local sanitation department just wouldn’t authorize the project of a public cafe on the site of an old landfill (naturally). After several attempts to convince the authorities to approve their project, Anatoly finally decided to give up and make his own castle into a unique residence. The real-life Shrek drew up the plans himself, and after 10 long years, he and his wife finally have a castle to call their own. The entire structure covers an area of 300 square meters, has three large halls, a bedroom and a huge kitchen. The three stone walls also house a bathhouse and a garage. Of the castle’s six pointy towers, only one is actually hollow, the rest are just for show.
Their home is also very popular among newlyweds who come here for photo shoots, and the Galitskys are always happy to welcome them in without charging an entrance fee. Asked if they regretted spending so much time and money building an actual castle, the two said they never regretted it, if only for the fact that their children and grandchildren love to visit and enjoy a cup of tea at the large kitchen table.