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.
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.