The Sun setting over Kamianets-Podilskyi Castle

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‘Kamin’ – the Slavic word for stone. The impressive stone fortress of Kamianets-Podilskyi Castle finds its name derived from this word and you can see why. Built on a limestone formation on the Smotrych river, its walls, the old, and the new parts of the castle, as well as the original 12 towers, must have taken a huge amount of stone to complete.

Historical accounts give evidence to Kamianets-Podilskyi Castle being built in the mid-14th century. The structure has been remarkably well preserved, especially considering its very active military history. Having played a major role in the defense against the invading Cossack, Ottoman, and Tatar armies, the castle was attacked no fewer than 51 times during the 15th – 17th centuries. At one stage over 300,000 men laid siege to the castle when it was finally taken under control of the Ottoman empire.

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Sitting on the old city walls watching the sunset slowly behind this immense stone structure was simply breathtaking. I think I have a new contender for my favorite place in Ukraine.

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