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  • Another melee battle
    Another melee battle
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    Getting ready for the melee battle
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    The group melee battle on foot
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    by Ivo_K Updated May 2, 2012

    The Khotyn Fortress which was initially built as a fort in the 10th century by prince Vladimir Sviatoslavich as one of the border fortifications of southwestern Kievan Rus, after he added the land of present-day Bukovina into his control. The fort, which eventually was rebuilt into a fortress in 1325, was located on important transportation routes, which connected Scandinavia and Kiev with the Ponyzia (lowlands), Podillia, Genoese and Greek colonies on the Black Sea, through Moldavia and Wallachia, on the famous "trade route from the Varangians to the Greeks". The fortification was located on a rocky territory, created by the tall right hand shore of Dniester river and the valley. Major improvements of the fortress were made in the 1380 when under the rule of Stephen the Great of Moldavia the fortress was greatly expanded and in the 1460 - during 14th-16th centuries the Fortress served as a residence to Moldavian princes. During the ages the fortress belonged to Moldova, Poland, The Turkish and Russian empiries and even Romania in 20th century. In 1832 the new church of Oleksandr Nevskiy was built on the territory inside of the fortress to serve the needs of the Russian garrison. Taking into consideration the rich historical traditions of the city, the Khotin fortress architectural prereserve was created by the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine in 2000. The fortress has often been used as a setting for movies - it has represented various French and English castles, historical locations, and fortifications. Most recently, it appeared in the Russian movie Taras Bulba, based on Nikolay Gogol's novel. The Khotin fortress was the site of the filming of many other popular movies like "Ballade About Gallant Knight Ivanhoe", "The Three Musketeers", "Black Arrow" and "Arrows of Robin Hood". Many international Middle Age reenactors' festivals like "Battle of Nations" and Khotin International Historical Festival are held there and attracting a lot of tourists each year. There is something like a small museum of siege weapons in the basement of the fortress The ticket for the fortress is 5 UAH (0.50 EUR), but you have to pay additionally 5 UAH for the siege museum and 80 UAH during the time of the reenactors' festival.

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    by Ivo_K Written May 2, 2012

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    This festival is organized every year in the famous Khotin fortress (a place of Ukrainian national cultural heritage and importance where a lot of local and international movies have been filmed) nearby the town of Khotin, Chernivtsi region, Ukraine and it gathers Middle Age reenactors and audience not only from Ukraine, but also from Russia, Poland and several other countries. This year it was held between 28th April and 2nd May 2012 and as usual offered to the numerous visitors a parade of all participants, full-contact team melee and single combats fighting on food with different weapons, the joust tournament, archery competition, best costume competition, concerts of medieval rock and metal bands, fireworks as well as different types of entertainment for all age groups. The visitors were able also to buy different medieval items from the numerous craftsmen that have been selling them around the arena or get a glass of kvas or beer and a piece of meat in order to feel the authentic medieval atmosphere. The daily ticket costs 85 UAH per person (around 8 EUR) or you could get a ticket for the 4 days at the price of 250 UAH (around 25 EUR). We visited it for the first time - it's an unique experience and we enjoyed it so much no matter the fact that the weather was unusually hot for the season and we got sunburnt!

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Khotin Shopping

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    by Dizzyhead Updated Mar 14, 2010

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    You can found bulevars here and there, but mostly in shops with touristic profile. You can find bulevars at markets and so.

    What to buy: Bulevars, which is a weapon or a more prestige symbol of power. I havent got the real information which it is, or maybe both.

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Khotin Warnings and Dangers

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    by Dizzyhead Updated Apr 4, 2010

    You should be afraid of this dangerous viking and not let him come close to you! He can be really warlike and wild.

    STAY AWAY!

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