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Khotyn Fortress, Khotyn

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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.HistoryAs 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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  • It is worth to go with Chenovcov or Kamyanets-Podilsky is next. View of the fortress by the river nice-impressive. You can wander around a couple hours Max, weather permitting. There are poor weapons exposition of torture instruments and costumes in the fortress.
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  • Small but impressive fortress overseeing the Dnister river. The fortress is in a large ground which one can walk all over in. The fortress has some displays, some in English. The torture chamber is pa...  more »
  • Interesting site with good energy. Beautiful view, return, reconstruction ended, come again
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