Kamianets-Podilskyi – little part of wonderful Ukraine

Hello, people. Sorry for a such long pause in my blog, but I’ve had visited so many interesting places, and today I’d like to tell you about Kamianets-Podilskyi Castle.
Khmelnychchyna is one of the most scenic places for tourists. Different areas of the region have the remains of 14th — 18th centuries: castles, churches and other buildings, that are attractive for people from the whole world.
Right here you can find a town of Kamianets-Podilskyi, the oldest town of Khmelnytchchyna situated in the banks of Smotrych River. In 1432, it was granted with Magdeburg Law, and two years later it got the status of a Royal Poland town. And it’s difficult to name a more naturally fortified place in Ukraine as Kamianets. Is situated on an island, carved-out kam_exby the waters of Smotrych River in solid limestone. A great stronghold with thick walls and seven towers protects Kamianets from 16th century till our days.
In a fortress, you can find a museum of weapons, medieval prison, old cannons, and try yourself in archery. Besides, you can see how people got water in Middle Ages and even get souvenirs from Ukrainian Hetman.
If you’d like to stay in Kamianets, you can find many hotels and hostels. People here are friendly and always ready to help, but unfortunately some of them don’t know English, so it’s better for you to find a guide and plan your trip beforehand.
Also, in Kamianets you can visit restaurants and bars, different souvenir shops (where you can buy wooden swords, shields, bows, candies and other stuff, that will remember you about this unforgettable trip).

So, that’s all for now. Hope you enjoy reading my article, and if you like it, please don’t forget to subscribe and comment, because it’s very important for me to know your opinion about my work. Good luck!1

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Khotyn Fortress – a great stronghold

Hello, my dear friends! Today I’d like to tell you about ancient castle – Khotyn Fortress. I10931316_536092759839286_3283914357065077321_n.jpgt has a long and glorious history. Besides, it’s one of the Seven Wonders of Ukraine.

First, Khotyn Fortress was a little fort, that was founded by prince Volodymyr in X century to protect western part of Ruthenia. Later it became a big castle. During its story, it was destroyed for many times and captured by Polish and Turkish armies.

As for me, the most prominent event in castle’s story was the Battle of Khotyn. In 1621, Turkish sultan started the war against the Polish king. At that time, Polish army needed more soldiers, that’s why the king asked cossacks’ chieftain Petro Konashevych-Sahaidachny to support his forces. After a short discussion, 40000 cossacks came to Khotyn Fortress to protect it.
The Turkish army was much bigger and included 400000 warriors, horsemen, artillery and even elephants, but Sahaidachny was brilliant general and nobody doubts, cossacks were the best infantrymen in the whole Europe. Besides, all of them knew how to fight against Turks, because they often attacked Turkish towns and ports.
The defence of the fortress was flawless and the sultan had to sign the Treaty of Khotyn, but only in 1650 another famous Ukrainian chieftain Bohdan Khmelnytsky finally freed Khotyn Fortress from invaders.

It’s interesting, that you can see odd symbols on one of the castle’s walls. They were sacred to Christians. Under this symbols, people often see a strange spot and no one knows why it appears, but the legend sais that the man was walled-up there. It’s really scary, isn’t it?

Also, every spring you can visit the festival “The battle of nations”, which takes place near the fortress. You can see difContentImageHandler.ashx.jpgferent exciting tournaments. Besides, during the festival, you can visit medieval fair and tavern. The medieval theatre is open for visiting and you can enjoy different performances or listen to folk songs played by bands from different parts of Europe. In the evening, you can visit fire-show.

If you want to spend some days in Khotyn, you can book rooms in local hotels, but don’t forget to do it beforehand. I’m sure, you will not regret!KoBsgNa2sIU.jpg

Ukrainian dishes: Borshch

Hello, friends! Today I’d like to tell you about Ukrainian traditional soup – borshch.
Nobody doubts, if you visit Ukraine, you have to try borshch! Actually, you can order it in any cafe or bar, but it’s better to try home-made one.
Also, you can cook it by yourself and the recipe is simple. The ingredients are:

  • 1 kg of pork
  • 1 carrot
  • 3-4 potatoes
  • a cup of beans
  • 1 beet
  • 1 onion
  • salt, pepper, and other spices

And of course, you need a pan of water (4-5 l). First, start to boil it and prepare meat, dsc_3534-360x240you should cut it into small pieces. Put the meat into the pan. Then add some salt and pepper. Wait for an hour, the pieces of pork have to be soft. Wait till your future borshch in boiling and add beans and make the fire lower. Wait for some minutes and put cut onion and carrot. Cut the beet into short strips and add them to your borshch. Mix everything well and the water will get the red colour. It’s almost ready! Chop the potatoes into big cubes and wait for 10 min., now put them into the pan and wait for 15 min.
Your borshch is ready and you’re awesome! Your ancestors can be proud of you!

Buchach – the pearl of Galicia

Hi there! So today I’d like to tell you about little town Buchach, that is situated on the banks of the Strypa River in Ternopil region, Ukraine. It has a long and glorious history. That’s why there are a lot of sightseeing places, that are interesting for tourists.
In the town center, you can see a town hall. It was built in 1750 and the architect was Bernard Meretyn. There no analogies in the world. Unfortunately,  today the town hall is closed for visitors.
Near the town hall, you can find the old cathedral of Virgin Maria. It was built during the reign of polish invaders. Inside the cathedral, you can see the works of famous german sculptor Johann Georg Pinsel. Besides, there was a church organ in the cathedral, but now it is replaced with a synthesizer. The best time for visiting this place is Polish Christmas, then you can enjoy Christmas carols and nice music played by different local bands.
After visiting the cathedral, don’t lose your chance to see old castle ruins. You can find them at the top of the hill, near the cathedral. Actually, there is nothing interesting, except the right side of the castle, there you can observe the whole town.
It’s a good idea to visit Buchach gymnasia named after famous Ukrainian scientist Volodymyr Hnatiuk. This school is one of the best schools in Ukraine. The cleverest young people study here. Also, it’s a convenient place for making some photographs.
Don’t forget to visit the Monastery of the Basilian Fathers. Now, it’s college, where future priest and monks study different religion subjects.

What about people, they are very friendly and have a good sense of humor. Many of them know English, so you can easily communicate with them. You can stay in the hotel “Buchach”, rooms there are clean and prices aren’t very expensive. Also, don’t forget to visit some cafes to try some Ukrainian national dishes.

If you like visiting different small towns with interesting history, you have to visit Buchach! You won’t regret!