Dear friends, let us introduce to you Ukrainian city – Kamianets-Podilskyi. Kamianets-Podilskyi is a city on the Smotrych River in western Ukraine, to the north-east of Chernivtsi.
Kamianets-Podilskyi is a city that has preserved the spirit of the Middle Ages. Its originality and uniqueness lie in the harmonious combination of the landscape with the urban structure of the medieval city, in which military engineers, using excellent natural properties, created a fortification system that has no analogues in Europe.
Historical and Architectural Reserve
Kamyanets National Historical and Architectural Reserve is one of the oldest in Ukraine. The total area of the reserve reaches 121 hectares and includes almost 200 architectural monuments.Architects and sculptors from Italy, the Netherlands, Armenia, Poland, France, Turkey, and others contributed to the creation of the city’s unique architectural face in different periods of history.
The different peoples and cultures that have lived in the city have each brought their own culture and architecture. Examples include the Polish, Ruthenian and Armenian markets.
Famous tourist attractions include the ancient castle, and the numerous architectural attractions in the city’s center, including the cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul, Holy Trinity Church, the city hall building, and the numerous fortifications.
Ballooning activities in the canyon of the Smotrych River have also brought tourists. Since the late 1990s, the city has grown into one of the chief tourist centers of western Ukraine.
Annual Cossack Games (Kozatski zabavy) and festivals, which include the open ballooning championship of Ukraine, car racing and various music, art and drama activities, attract an estimated 140,000 tourists and stimulate the local economy.
More than a dozen privately owned hotels have recently opened, a large number for a provincial Ukrainian city.