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Kamianets-Podilskyi

Kamianets-Podilskyi – one of the oldest historical cities of Ukraine, the main city of Podillya, the significant phenomenon in the European culture. An original geopolitical arrangement near historical borders, overland and water ways, basic of which Dniester, and also an arrangement of city on unapproachable rocky island was has defined its basic function – a frontier fortress. For centuries-old history Kamianets not time passed from hands in hands of different conquerors. In due time it Tatar-Mongols, Polish-Lithuanian shlyakhta, Turks, Austro-Hungarians, the Russian imperialists and bolsheviks, fascist invaders owned.

Accordingly, each historical period has imposed the print on topography and architecture of Old city. In Kamianets-Podilskyi more than 200 important architectural monuments. A special place among historical monuments of city is an old citadel-fortress with system of other architectural constructions. Integral part of a fortress is the stone bridge, as though continuing fortifications from east party and uniting Old city with a fortress. In 1998 the Old city is declared like National Historical Architectural reserve “Kamianets”.

Area28 sq.km
Population101,728
Founded1062

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How to get:

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Nearest airports:

International Airport Boryspil (KBP)
International Airport Kyiv (IEV)
Danylo Halytskyi International Airport Lviv (LWO)

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Key Figures

Location: Kamianets-Podilskyi is located in the southern portion of the Khmelnytskyi Oblast, located in the western Ukrainian region of Podillia. The Smotrych River, a tributary of the Dniester, flows through the city. The total area of the city comprises 27.84 square kilometers (10.7 sq mi). The city is located about 101 kilometres (62.8 mi) from the oblast’s administrative center, Khmelnytskyi.

Climate: continental climate

Status: administrative center of the Kamianets-Podilskyi Raion (district) within the Khmelnytskyi Oblast

Public transport: buses and minibuses, taxi

Notable people

– Nikolai Chebotaryov (1894–1947), noted Russian and Soviet mathematician, best known for the Chebotaryov density theorem.
– David Günzburg (Baron de Günzburg; 1857–1910) Russian orientalist and Jewish communal leader, was born here.
– Mark Kopytman (1929–2011), Soviet-Israeli composer, born here.
– Mieczysław Mickiewicz (1879–before 1939), Polish politician, was born here.
– Szymon Okolski (1580–1653), Polish historian; lived here.
– Ferdynand Antoni Ossendowski (1876—1945), Polish writer, explorer, professor, anti-communist and political activist; lived here.
– Krzysztof Radziwiłłowski was a town official in 1768.
– José Antonio Saravia (1785–1871), Spanish-born Russian general during the Napoleonic Wars; married and lived here.
– Zvi Scooler (1899–1985), actor and radio commentator, best known as the Rabbi in Fiddler on the Roof; was born here.
– Mendele Mocher Sforim (1836–1917), Jewish author; lived here.
– Arthur Tracy (1899–1997), American singer; was born here.
– Jan de Witte (1709–1785), famous Polish architect and commander of the local fortress.
– Jerzy Wołodyjowski, Polish colonel, the prototype for one of Henryk Sienkiewicz’s characters, Michał Wołodyjowski; was killed here.
– Józef Zajączek (1752–1826), Polish general, was born here.
– Maurice Zbriger (1896–1981), Canadian violinist, composer and conductor; was born here.

Travel Information

Thousands of tourists from Ukraine and other countries visit Kamianets-Podilskyi every year. It’s an ancient town that has really a lot of festivals, especially in summer time. Kamianets is called “the flower on the stone” for its unique beauty. The seven-hundred year history of this wonderful place is full of different events. Kamianets-Podilskyi is the third town after Kyiv and Lviv in terms of the number of sights and historical constructions of 11th-19th centuries.

Kamianets was chosen as one of “The 7 wonders of Ukraine”. And it truly is so. It’s hard to fully describe the splendor of the ancient town, you simply need to see it all with your own eyes. There are solid reasons for the town to be on the list of UNESCO Heritage Sites.

According to the Municipal Touristic-Information Center, in 2017 Kamianets-Podilskyi was visited by more than 160 thousand tourists, which is 4% more than in 2016. 72% of them are Ukrainians, 8% – from Poland, 2% – from Germany and also from 41 countries of the world.

Kinds of tourism: sightseeing, historical, architectural, national (Polish, Jewish, Armenian), V.I.P., event, incentive, congress

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Main Attractions & Sights

The Old Fortress

Fortress (11-18 cent.) for long years of existence during numerous reorganizations has got a kind of the extended rectangular enclosed by high walls. On a contour 11 mighty towers have been at various times constructed. Wooden strengthening of different centuries have been replaced stone. In territory of a fortress there was a well with water, that during a fortress storm played very important role. During Middle Ages Kamenetskaya fortress was considered as a unapproachable stronghold. The legend according to which in 1621 turkish emperor the Osmanli turk amazed by power of walls and towers, has exclaimed is known: “Who has created this stone miracle?” “Allah”, – soldiers have answered. “So start up the Allah and takes it”, – the Osmanli turk has told and has ordered to recede. As an advanced post of the land Podillya the fortress has been last time used during II World war. It has been destroyed, it is now restored and is a museum of All-Ukrainain scale.

The Old Town

The Old Town is a part of the UNESCO list of world heritage. Since XI century was known as Kamianets, which was associated with the nature of ground rocky terrain. The Old Town is located on a peninsula surrounded by the canyon, at the bottom of which flows past the river Smotrich. The Old Town is the ancient historical and cultural complex, which consists of ancient architectural constructions reflecting the culture of people who lived there at different times. The Old Town is connected with the central part of the city by Novoplanovskiy bridge. Steep rocky banks of the river Smotrich attracted climbers to Kamianets-Podilskiy.

Novoplanovskiy bridge

The bridge was built on 1872 and connecting canyons of Smotrych river and the leader to the New plan. Its height is 38 m, length – 136 m. From the bridge over a river Smotrych deep canyon offering spectacular views of the medieval towers and walls of Kamianets-Podilskyi, rocks above the ribbon of the river with natural waterfalls and a park with figures of deer on the hills.

St.Peter and St.Paul church

Church over apostles Peter and Paul named “Small Wawel of Podillya” not only for the perfect architecture, but also owing to value of the Cathedral in a spiritual life of edge. The church is well-known Giovanni Sampini`s for frescoes, is masterful the made wooden altar of 18 cent., a Turkish minaret with a statue of Maiden Maria on it, stone Laura, unique body in 972 pipes.

Dominican church

Dominican church of St. Nicholas is located at the highest point of the Old City is considered one of the oldest temples of Kamianets-Podilskyi. Sung by poets as the “Pearl of the skirts,” the edge of a beautiful temple. For the first time a Dominican monastery is mentioned in the 1372. Can be seen on the facade of arms “Pilyava” Potocki family and sculpture, “The dog with a torch” (Dominicans called themselves the “dogs of the Lord”). Left to the church attached two-storied house in which he lived Potocki. There is an ongoing restoration at the temple.

The Town Hall

The Town Hall is the former building of the city magistrate, an architectural monument of the Renaissance and Baroque styles of XIV – XIX centuries. Located in the heart of the old city. The stone building constructed on 30-40-ies of the sixteenth century. In 1754 it was rebuilt. It is adjacent to a rectangular tower where in 1756 two bells were installed and in 1884 – the mechanical clock running at the present time. Under the Town Hall are dungeons related to the Dominican and Franciscan churches.

Stephen Bathory Tower

The Tower is most powerful of Kamianets towers. After repair in 17 cent. began to refer to Kushnirskaya. The national name – the Wind Gate. On a legend here has broken a hat from Peter`s I head during its visiting Kamianets in 1711.

Trinitarian church

Trinitarian Church was founded in the XVIII century by the monks of the Order of Trinitarians, who specialized in ransom captives from Turkish captivity. The temple is built in Baroque style. Attracts the attention of the main facade, which gives harmony Tuscan order pilasters. The facade is finished pediment decorated with sculptures and vases. Church is fenced with stone wall. The gates are decorated with statues of Jean de Matha and Felix de Valois – the founders of the Trinitarian order of monks. Stairs leading to the gate, fenced parapet on which the statue of the Virgin Mary.

St. Nicholas Armenian church

The ruins of the huge Armenian cathedral of St. Nicholas, even in the current state of impressive elegance fragments fence and preserved monumental bell tower. The temple is situated in the center of the block where the XIV century Armenians lived. The first wooden Armenian church was built in 1395 and it was rebuilt in stone in 1495. Constructed on 1555 the bell tower with battlements and four observation towers at the top of the tower is similar to the defense tower. After the Turkish occupation temple rebuilt only in 1767 already as a Catholic church. It was a majestic church of Byzantine architecture with an octagonal dome and covered galleries around the perimeter. In the 1930-ies the church was blown up. Now a small UAOC chapel is placed.

Alexander Nevsky Cathedral

The majestic Cathedral of Alexander Nevsky is the main Orthodox church of Kamianets-Podilskyi. Cathedral in neo-Byzantine style was built in 1893 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the accession to the Russian skirts. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral was destroyed during the Soviet era, but has recently been restored.