Tuesday, April 2, 2013

The Castles of Ukraine Part 2: Kamianets-Podilskyi Castle

Up to this point in my time living in Ukraine Kamianets-Podilskyi had the most startling geography we had run into.  The town is divided by the Smotrych River and both sides of the town sit on high cliffs.  Here is the view from both sides of the main bridge.

Along the railings of the bridge people had placed locks representing their relationship like the bridge in Kharkiv I wrote about previously.  The view led to some pretty nice images.

We stayed just about a half a mile from the road leading to the Kamianets-Podilskyi Castle.  It was first built in the early 14th century and it defended the town against raids by the Tartars and Ottomans.  In the 18th century it was converted to a prison and served as that through 1914.

Today, inside the walls you'll find a museum as well as some kids activities like an tiny archery range.  Here's a shot of one of the castle's towers.

Who doesn't love a good rampart, am I right?

Here's a panoramic photo I took from one of the castle's windows.  Click on the link for a larger version of the photo. 


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