Medzhybizh Fortress, Medzhybizh

#5 of 19 in Historic Sites in Khmelnytskyi Oblast
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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  • The village of Medzhybizh (1.7 thousand inhabitants) is located in 30 km from chmelnickiy, its name is due to its geographic location between the rivers Pivdenny Buh and Buzhok. The main attraction of the village is Medzhybizh fortress-Castle. Another castle called "White Swan"-before the fortress painted, and in the reflection of the water it became similar to a floating Swan (though over the years the whiteness gradually later). Originally the castle was guarding the eastern border point of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania from Tatar raids. At different times the castle was occupied by the Cossacks, Poles, Turks. Most the fortress was damaged during World War II on the orders of local authorities, residents pulled down a fortress on the building material for the construction of the village Council and individual farmsteads, which turned the fortress in ruins. To date, three towers have been preserved, two Castle enclosure, Castle St. Nicholas (throughout its history was the Church, Mosque and Orthodox Church), the arched bridge and visiting defensive walls. The Castle has a triangular shape, its walls reach 17.5 meters in height and up to 4 metres in width. We climbed to the observation deck, where was formerly the balcony and passed balls, here on the scenic panorama of the Valley and the river. It is also possible to climb the tower at the entrance (height-37.5 m; 5 floors of narrow stairs), and visit the local history museum and the Museum of Holodomor. In the castle there are secret cellars. When you log on to IPOs.
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  • We were there at the Festival Board games and simply hitchhiking okinuli gaze of this building. Go there see something separately makes no sense. Territory within 20 meters, there are some cool "museums" of one room.
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  • This fortress received its name from the fact that is located on a peninsula between the two rivers: on the one hand, southern bug, on the other hand, Buzhok. Many believe that it is better to go to Kamyanets-Podilsky or Hawtin. But beg to differ. Restoration of the fortress began not so long ago, but was already very much. And just because of the "destruction", you can see many interesting details. For example, as carried out through a system of space heating fireplaces and chimneys. Restored The Knights Tower. Worth spending a little time and effort, and with the top offer charming views of the surrounding area. If you're in the area, spend spend a couple of hours, and you will be provided with vivid impressions.
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  • Nice place, currently partially at reconstruction
  • Restored castle with museums and really scare tower, worth to visit.
  • Looks good from far. Not much to see inside
  • Amazing place!
  • Beautiful historical place, great views
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