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Medzhybizh Fortress in the Khmelnytskyi Region

Medzhybizh Fortress is located in the village of Medzhybizh in the upper reaches of the Southern Buh River, 30 km east of Khmelnitsky and 4 km north of the highway E50 (M12).

This monument of fortification architecture built in the Renaissance style in the middle of the 16th century is included in the State Register of the National Cultural Heritage of Ukraine. Medzhybizh Fortress on Google Maps. Photos by: Maxim Ritus.

The fortress has the form of an elongated triangle with powerful walls and corner towers, which extend beyond the wall line. The length of the courtyard is 130 m, the greatest width (on the west side) is 85 m, its area is 0.75 hectares. The thickness of the walls is up to 4 m, the maximum height is 17 m.

Today, Medzhybizh Fortress is being reconstructed, the local history museum is located in one of the buildings.

Since 2004, the fortress hosts the All-Ukrainian historical festival “Old Medzhybizh”. In the festival days, usually in the middle of August, the fortress is full of tourists, knights, archers, princesses, and mythical heroes. Reconstructors of historical events from all over Ukraine come here to take part in battles, shooting tournaments, costume contests.

And here is how Medzhybizh Fortress looked in the past.

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