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Overview

This small ancient town Hotyn, whose remarkable and difficult history is over a thousand years old, is one of the most important tourist and cultural centers of Bukovina. It is so appealing to travelers because of its unique fortress that played a significant role in the history of many European countries. It is a real masterpiece of the fortification art, one of the most powerful and well-preserved citadels on the territory of modern Ukraine.

The first fortifications appeared on the banks of the Dniester River at the beginning of the 11th century, when Prince Volodymyr the Great added these lands to the Kyivan Principality. Although the fortress was wooden, it managed to defend the town from numerous invaders. Nevertheless, 200 years later, Prince Danyla Galitskii rebuilt the fort using stones, significantly strengthening it.

The fortress remains almost intact until today and it never fails to impress curious tourists. The king’s and officers’ palaces remained on the fort’s territory, as did the castle's church with Gothic windows, which also acted as arrow slits. Today, one can see copies of the medieval weapons - rams, catapults, and many others - in the dungeons of the temple. The St. Alexander Nevsky's church, built in the 19th century for Russian soldiers, was also preserved. Not far from it lay a mosque's ruins, and right at the center of the palace yard is a big well.

Today, the Hotyn fortress serves not only as popular tourist destination, but as a setting for movies as well. In 2009, it «played» a Polish castle in the Russian-Ukrainian film «Taras Bulba». The fortress also became an attractive place for history buffs, who organize each year a spectacular military-historical reconstruction «Battle of Nations».

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