Kamyanets-Podilsky Fortress

09.08.16
Kamyanets-Podilsky Fortress

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The view from the Turkish Bridge leading to the Kamyanets-Podilsky fortress is one of the country's iconic, front-page vistas. This monument of fortification architecture is considered to be one of the most popular places to see in Ukraine.

Built of wood in the 10th to 13th centuries, then redesigned and rebuilt in stone by Italian military engineers in the 16th century, Kamyanets-Podilsky fortress is a complete mixture of different architectural styles. The name of the bridge (The Turkish Bridge) sounds slightly misleading. It can be explained by the fact that the fortress is essentially a medieval structure whose arches were filled in and fortified by Turks in the 17th century. The overall impression of the whole ensemble is breathtaking.


The famous Kamyanets - Podilskiy fortress is located on the natural moat, created by a sharp loop of Dnister River. The fortress is in the shape of a polygon, with nine towers of all shapes and sizes linked by a sturdy wall. A vast courtyard is located in the middle of it all. The New East Tower (1544) is directly to your right as you enter the fortress; it contains a well and a huge drench stretching 40m deep through the cliff to bring up water.
Just beyond the New East Tower, an unmarked white building houses a fantastic museum, where visitors can learn the history of Kamyanets - Podilskiy and Ukraine over the last century through a collection of various exhibits.

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Kamyanets-Podilsky is much wilder and less commercial than other European medieval cities like Cesky Krumlov in Czech Republic or Bern in Switzerland, which also offer well preserved fortification sights. Kamyanets - Podilskiy annually attracts thousands of tourists from all over the world, however, even this amount is just a fraction of what other.
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European sights of this type are welcoming every year. This medieval fortress is perfectly preserved and wows numerous visitors with its dramatic and scenic views.

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