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Medzhybizh Fortress, Medzhybizh

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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 bui...  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 go...  more »
  • There have been fortresses here since the 12C and it has been rebuilt and remodeled over the centuries by its different owners becoming eventually a very impressive and solid fortress but under the Co...  more »

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