Most of the 15th century Armenian Cathedral was destroyed in 1930, but it's totally worth peeking through the exquisite massive wrought iron gates at the ruins. The reconstructed bell tower attached is now an Orthodox Church. We sort of came across this place without knowing what it was, and seeing it alone in the dead of winter was eerily...more
I spent the most incredible day walking around Kamyanets-Podilsky. There are so many more interesting corners to see beyond the main tourist area along the road that leads across the bridge to the castle. Every turn we took in Old Town had spectacular churches, 16th century defensive structures and interesting neighbourhoods. It might sound crazy,...more
The Furriers' Tower was built in the 16th century as a defensive fortification for artisans living in the surrounding neighbourhood. It's part of a system of several defensive towers and gates that surround the town and line the banks of the Smotrych River. Attached to the stone tower is the Vitryani, or windy, gate so-named after Peter the Great's...more
The ratusha, or town hall, is an eye-catching peach building overlooking Polish Market Square. Dating from the 14th century, it was initially built in the Gothic style then changed and added to over the centuries. There's a museum on the inside that we found to be fairly dull. The facade of the building is really pretty, and just out front you can...more
The prettiest building in Old Town, this cathedral was built by the Polish Catholic Church in 1580. After the Turks conquered the city in the 17th century it was converted to a mosque and the tall minaret was built. When the Turks lost the city, it was made a condition that the minaret not be demolished, and so a golden statue of the Virgin Mary...more
Okay, so it might be the reason you've heard of Kamyanets-Podilsky at all, and if that's the case, whatever "Best Castle Towns", "Top Ukraine Experiences", or "Seven Wonders of Ukraine" list you might have read is right; the castle is really amazing. Part of it's amazingness is that the castle has a colourful battle history with towers and...more
This originally baroque cathedral from 1580 got a minaret when the Turks turned it into a mosque from 1672 and when the Poles got the city again in 1699 they put a guilded Madonna on the top of it. A mixture of Christian and Muslim elements reminding in some sense a little of Spain... The house of the Roman Catholic bishop is opposite the...more
Kamenetsk-Podilski consists of two strictly separated parts. the one is the very Soviet modern city with rectangular wide roads and there is very little which might be interesting to see but it is the part where you usually arrive - mostly by bus from Chernivtsy and Khmelnitsky or by train and where the both relevant hotels are situated plus some...more
The Town Hall (Ratusha), dating to 16cent., was a place of the Polish City Council. It consists of two parts – the two-storey building, the actual Ratusha and the Bell Tower. Before 1616, these were two separate buildings located 3 m apart from each other, but after the 1616 fire, they have been joined into one. Looking at the Town Hall Bell Tower...more
A stunning monument, a gem, which could make proud any respectful European museum is exhibited in the cathedral. A young woman is laying on the couch, and a cupid is guarding her sleep. The attention to a detail is incredible: every petal on the flower garland, every fold on the cover, every lock of the woman’s hair are carved so masterly that they...more
The St. Peter and Paul Cathedral, a 600-year-old vitness of the city history, is a great example of architectural and relegious tolerance. it successfully combines european Renaissance, Baroque with Muslim architecture, wchich makes it one of the kind in Ukraine.The St. Peter and Paul Cathedral successfully combines European Renaissance, Baroque...more
a tower-shaped pavilion located next to the city hall attracts attention. It was built in mid-XVIII by Jan de Vitte, a well-known architect, to cover what is know today as the Armenian Well. The water supply has been a long-standing problem in Kamyanets. To get to the potable water, one had to take a detour road and travel to the Hunnic springs,...more
After I took a long and rewarding visit to the fortress, I had the wish of receiving a long and rewarding meal. Nothing seemed more appropriate than the restaurant on the right hand side of the bridge that links the old city to the fortress. Built on the side of the huge rocks that shelter the old city it seemed that the choice was obvious.However...more
Located in the Old Town, this place is more than just a dining experience – it’s immersion into historical atmosphere (restaurant is located in a XVI cent. building former powder lab) and visual feast (incredible views of the Old Castle from the summer terrace). The interior is decorated with shields, swords and weaponry adding to the medieval...more
There are a few taxi companies that operate in Kamyanets-Podilsky that you can ask your hotel to call for you. Fares are very low by European standards.The driver will likely not speak English. When we asked to go to the station or "vokzal", it seemed everyone assumed we meant the bus station and this left us in a position where a taxi driver could...more
the best way to get to K-P is from Chernivtsi. the distance from Chernivtsi to K-P is about 80 km, and it takes about 1 hour to get there (depends on how many people get out on the road). mini vans leave the central bus station (219 Holovna St.) every 30 min. it will take you to the center of the new cityin Kamyanets-Podilsky, and from there you...more
Okay I know it seems obvious, but in case you were thinking this little cheesy neighbourhood of small souvenir shacks was filled with authentic artisan folk art, it's not. As far as we could see, it's the same kitschy souvenirs you can find in gift shops and Kiev metro stations. Nevertheless, sometimes you need a crummy souvenir... just something that says Ukraine on it that has a shot at surviving the flight home... and for that, there's a row of about 40 souvenir kiosks in cheesy little shacks across from Old Town Hall called Souvenir Village.
Though the rule of Stanislaw II August Poniatowski turn to be disastrous for The Polish- Lithuanian Commonwealth, the Arch built in his honor kept its original name - the Triumph Arch.
Moreover, it has been endowed with the power of fulfilling wishes. The examples have been quite striking. n July 8, 1994, Leonid Kuchma, then a presidential candidate, passed under the arch and soon became the President. During his visit to the city on October 20, 1999, prior to reelection, he asked to stop his car near the Arch to pass under it again. Soon he was reelected for the second term.
This custom soon became quite popular with other politicians as both President Yushchenko and Prime-minister Tymoshenko did the same before “the important” moments of their political career. did the arch helped the, hard to say. the only way to learn is to make your wish and wait till it comes true. Just be careful what you wish for. Wishing to become the next President or Prime Minister of Ukraine might be not such a good idea ;) a gut feeling tells me that Stanislaw II August might have jinxed that one ;)
this has nothing to do with REAL danger, it's rather a warning to help your avoid tourist herds if you prefer unobtrusive exploration. Kamyanets is a popular destination for Polish tourists, and gets extremely crowded from late spring to mid-fall, especially during weekends. so if you want to explore the city without running into several tourist...more
The old part of Kamyanets Podilsky is extremely bad lit. Now, I'm not sure is this because there simply are not enough street-lights, or are they saving electricity / money. The fact is, that when it got darker, the town became kind of spooky. And as everything is in dark you can't see anything. This is no time to explore the cultural / historical...more
Old bridge conecting Old Town and fortress, also called Turkish bridge, is very unstabil. It's supposed to only strong enough to handle pedestrians. Well, eventhough obstacles were instaled to prevent cars from driving across the bridge, they are not efficient. Cars can easyly avoid them and despite of danger keep driving over the bridge. Until the...more
We were lucky to meet a person, who took care of like like we were the best friends of him. He quided us through the castles of Kam'yanets and Hotyn, he could open all the hidden doors that are usually not to open. His name is Sasha, tel. +380-384928802. He speaks fluently Russian, Polish, Ukrainian nad some English.
We camped at the bank of Dnistro river with some other campers.
Fondest memory: The city amazed us from the very beginning. The downtown is just perfect, the Catholic church is not to miss.