‘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.
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.