KHOTYN FORTRESS
Panorama of Khotyn Fortress, Chernivtsi Oblast, Ukraine

Panoramic view of Khotyn Fortress

Khotyn Fortress is a set of fortification structures on the banks of the Dniester River in Khotyn, Chernivtsi Oblast of Western Ukraine. The construction of the fortress in its modern shapes started in 1325, while major improvements were made in the 1380s and in the 1460s.

 

Throughout the history the fortress served Rus principalities, Tatars, Turkey, the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, the Russian Empire, Moldavian National Republic, the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Romania and Ukraine.

 

The fortress is a large tourist attraction for the area and Ukraine. In 2007, it was awarded the title one of the Seven Wonders of Ukraine. It has also enjoyed the National Ukrainian Architectural Preserve status since 2000.

 

A trip to here from Chernivtsi will cover some 65 km by H03.

A historical illustration

Historical illustration of Khotyn Fortress, Chernivtsi Oblast, Ukraine

Alexander Nevsky church near the fortress

Alexander Nevsky church near Khotyn Fortress, Chernivtsi Oblast, Ukraine

The interior of Alexander Nevsky church

Inside Alexander Nevsky church near Khotyn Fortress, Chernivtsi Oblast, Ukraine

The same church before its renovation

Before renovation - Alexander Nevsky church near Khotyn Fortress, Chernivtsi Oblast, Ukraine

Monument to Ukrainian warriors

Monument to Ukrainian warriors in Alexander Nevsky church near Khotyn Fortress, Chernivtsi Oblast, Ukraine

Fortress's close-up

Close-up of Khotyn Fortress, Chernivtsi Oblast, Ukraine

A close-up of the main gate

Main gate of Khotyn Fortress, Chernivtsi Oblast, Ukraine

In the moat

Moat of Khotyn Fortress, Chernivtsi Oblast, Ukraine

Fortress's North-West

North-West of Khotyn Fortress, Chernivtsi Oblast, Ukraine

Dniester view from the South-East

Dniester view from the South-East of Khotyn Fortress, Chernivtsi Oblast, Ukraine

The fortress looks very formidable

Formidable look of Khotyn Fortress, Chernivtsi Oblast, Ukraine

...especially from the Dniester

Dniester view of Khotyn Fortress, Chernivtsi Oblast, Ukraine

A general view of the fortress and Alexander Nevsky church from the Dniester

General Dniester view of Khotyn Fortress, Chernivtsi Oblast, Ukraine

The fortress dominates over the Dniester's right bank

Dominating over Dniester's right bank, Khotyn Fortress, Chernivtsi Oblast, Ukraine

In the yard

Yard of Khotyn Fortress, Chernivtsi Oblast, Ukraine

A historical gun in the yard

Historical gun in Khotyn Fortress, Chernivtsi Oblast, Ukraine

The main gate from inside

Main gate of Khotyn Fortress, Chernivtsi Oblast, Ukraine

Fortress yard's broader view

Panoramic yard view of Khotyn Fortress, Chernivtsi Oblast, Ukraine

The area between the fortress and its rampart

Between rampant and Khotyn Fortress, Chernivtsi Oblast, Ukraine

A rampart section

Rampant of Khotyn Fortress, Chernivtsi Oblast, Ukraine

Participants of the Battle of Nations annual historical festival

Battle of Nations, Khotyn Fortress, Chernivtsi Oblast, Ukraine

A medieval-style fight during the Battle of Nations

Battle of Nations, Khotyn Fortress, Chernivtsi Oblast, Ukraine

Khotyn fortress on Google Maps

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