Khotyn Fortress, Khotyn

#1 of 14 in Historic Sites in Chernivtsi Oblast
The Khotyn Fortress is a fortification complex located on the right bank of the Dniester River in Khotyn, Chernivtsi Oblast of western Ukraine. It is situated on a territory of the historical northern Bessarabia region which was split in 1940 between Ukraine and Moldova. The fortress is also located in a close proximity to another famous defensive structure, the Old Kam'yanets Castle of Kamianets-Podilskyi.
Construction on the current Khotyn fortress was started in 1325, while major improvements were made in the 1380s and in the 1460s.
The fortress is a large tourist attraction for the area and Ukraine. In 2007, the fortress was named one of the Seven Wonders of Ukraine. It is also a National Ukrainian Architectural Preserve as of 2000.
As a Rus' strongholdThe Khotyn Fortress's beginning goes back to the Khotyn Fort, which was built in the 10th century by Prince Vladimir Sviatoslavich as one of the border fortifications of southwestern Kievan Rus', after he added the land of present-day Bukovina into his control. The fort, which eventually was rebuilt into a fortress, was located on important transportation routes, which connected Scandinavia and Kiev with the Ponyzia (lowlands), Podillia, Genoese and Greek colonies on the Black Sea, through Moldavia and Wallachia, on the famous "trade route from the Varangians to the Greeks".
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  • Revisit and a little change... Of course, the amazing location on the Dniester and the great state of conservation and the photogenicity of the castle has not changed. A few years ago I drove under the castle itself-now the parking was built and the last OK. 500 m. You have to go on foot. A little pointless, because there is a lot of space for parking at the castle itself, well, unless you have allowed the conservator of monuments. The owners were very helpful and accommodating. The toilet at the castle I recommend to avoid from a distance and plan a visit to the WC in another place. I did not give advice even pass the threshold... Well, unless someone can withstand 3 minutes on the Bezdechu...
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  • There are several on the Dnieper and all are worth a visit. One of the most beautiful is just Khotyn. Try not to miss him.
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