Medzhybizh Fortress, Medzhybizh

Medzhybizh Castle,built as a bulwark against Ottoman expansion in the 1540s, became one of the strongest fortresses of the Crown of the Kingdom of Poland in Podolia. It is situated at the confluence of the Southern Bug and Buzhenka rivers, in the town of Medzhybizh, Ukraine. Today the castle is part of the State Historical-Cultural Preserve.
Originally the wooden castle was founded sometime in 1146 by Bolokh princes. The castle survived the Mongol's invastion, but in 1254 it was dismantled by Daniel of Galicia on the Mongol's orders as several other castles and fortresses in the Kingdom of Rus. The castle was rebuilt by Koriatovych princes after the Grand Duke of Lithuania defeated the Golden Horde at the Battle of Blue Waters in 1362.
Its royal status the castle received already back in 1385, but in 1432 Medzhybizh with most of Podilia was passed to the Polish Crown. The castle was in a state possession for sometime. Sometimes in 1540 the castle was passed to Mikołaj Sieniawski who made some major renovations. The castle's founder was Mikołaj Sieniawski, and the Sieniawski family owned Medzhybizh until its extinction in the early 18th century. The stronghold was reconquered from the Turks in 1699 and passed to the Czartoryski family in 1731.
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  • Medzhybizh Castle (stone castle1540s, early wooden castle 1140s) is situated at the confluence of the Southern Bug and Buzhenka rivers. It used to be one of links in the chain of Polish fortresses...  more »
  • The view from the top of the fortress is very nice. There is also a small museum but none of the explanations are in English only Ukrainian. Worth the visit if you are there already but I would not...  more »
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  • Remarkably well preserved castle. Very weak inside expositions and guides. Almost not worth to bozzer. We always buy all the tickets, even if to see very few valuable artifacts: to support. Here - I feel it was a waste You best experience - the view from afar, outside. Best inside - the very top of a tower immediately to your left upon entrance: NOWHERE nearly accessible by disabled or even untrained. If you CAN - you must try climbing up: at least highest you can. It starts relatively easy and each of half a dozen flights up gets trickier. It gives you some idea of how it used to be back then. Totally worth it to look outside from the VERY top (and can't transfer the beauty through pictures) Far end from entrance also worth climbing, but is in a state of extensive repair-rebuild-decay There are three "museums" on site, each paid for separately and all are "some-to-complete-disappointment" Catholic church is there: it's a church, it's old. That's it Plan to be more impressed by exterior condition, so you don't get disappointed later.
  • Medzhybizh Castle, built as a bulwark against Ottoman expansion in the 1540s, became one of the strongest fortresses of the Crown of the Kingdom of Poland in Podolia. It is situated at the confluence of the Southern Bug and Buzhenka rivers, in the town of Medzhybizh (Polish: Międzybuż), Ukraine. Today the castle is part of the State Historical-Cultural Preserve. Originally the wooden castle was founded sometime in 1146 by Bolokh (or Bolekhiv) princes. The castle survived the Mongol's invasion, but in 1254 it was dismantled by Daniel of Galicia on the Mongol's orders as several other castles and fortresses in the Kingdom of Rus. The castle was rebuilt by Koriatovych princes after the Grand Duke of Lithuania defeated the Golden Horde at the Battle of Blue Waters in 1362. Its royal status the castle received already back in 1385, but in 1432 Medzhybizh with most of Podilia was passed to the Polish Crown. The castle was in a state possession for sometime. Sometimes in 1540 the castle was passed to Mikołaj Sieniawski who made some major renovations. The castle's founder was Mikołaj Sieniawski,[citation needed] and the Sieniawski family owned Medzhybizh (Polish: Międzybuż) until its extinction in the early 18th century. The stronghold was reconquered from the Turks in 1699 and passed to the Czartoryski family in 1731. The last rebuilding effort was undertaken by the Russian imperial authorities in the 19th century. Much restoration has been carried out on the fortress since 1968. Within the walls are a small-scale museum and a church from 1586.

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