Kamenets Podolskiy city, Ukraine (Kamianets-Podilskyi)

The city of Khmelnitsky oblast.

Kamenets Podolskiy overview

Kamenets Podolskiy or Kamianets-Podilskyi is a city located in Khmelnitsky region of Ukraine, about 101 km from the administrative center of the region Khmelnitsky.

It is one of the most ancient cities of Ukraine.

Population - 102,500 (2013).

Area code - +380 3849; postal codes - 32300-32318.

Kamenets Podolskiy city flag

Kamenets Podolskiy city flag

Kamenets Podolskiy city coat of arms

Kamenets Podolskiy city coat of arms

Kamenets Podolskiy city map location


Kamenets Podolskiy history

It was first time mentioned in 1062. That time it was a fortress of the Kievan Rus state. Mongol Tatar forces destroyed the fortress in 1241. Polish state army captured the town in 1352. The town fortress was expanded and reconstructed to defend Polish state from the southwest.

The fortress was continually rebuilt and, in the 17th century, it became the strongest fortress in the Polish-Lithuanian state. Various iron cannon balls can be still found in the ruins of the fortress - the result of numerous sieges.

More Historical Facts…

In 1793, after the Second Partition of Poland, Kamenets Podolskiy became the part of the Russian Empire and the capital of Podolskaya Guberniya. Peter the Great, famous Russian Tsar, visited the fortress two times and was impressed by its fortifications. In 1915, the city was captured by Austria-Hungary army.

After the October revolution of 1917, Kamenets Podolskiy was a part of several short-lived Ukrainian states. After the Russian Civil War, it was joined to the Ukrainian SSR under the Soviet power.

In 1941, one of the first and largest mass murders of Holocaust (about 23,600 victims) occurred near the city.

Kamenets Podolskiy streets

Kamenets Podolskiy city street

Kamenets Podolskiy city street

Author: Valery Podlesny

Kamenets Podolskiy street

Kamenets Podolskiy street

Author: Valery Podlesny

Kamenets Podolskiy City Hall

Kamenets Podolskiy City Hall

Author: Oleg Krivolapov


Kamenets Podolskiy attractions

In 1996, the National Park “Podolskiye Tovtry” was formed. Restoration of historical objects of the Old town began. The number of tourists from abroad began to increase.

Since September, 1999, one of the races of Ukrainian car race championship is held in the city every year.

There are a lot of small private hotels in the city. You can also rent an apartment. Public transportation is presented by buses and mini buses.

The Old Town

Thanks to unique combination of historical, architectural, and town-building heritage, the river Smotrich canyon landscapes, the “Old town Kamenets Podolskiy” is declared a state historical and architectural reserve.

There are about 200 buildings and constructions of the 11th-19th centuries. Powerful fortifications of the “Old town”, a fortress and a fortress bridge, a combination of cult constructions make an unforgettable impression.

The greatest value of the city is preserved historical center.

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The fortress is the main place of interest in Kamenets Podolskiy. Its first constructions refer to the 11th-12th centuries while the main fortifications - to the 16th-17th centuries. These fortifications are among the best fortifications in the Eastern Europe.

The following architectural monuments are worth mentioning:

  • St. Apostles Peter and Paul Polish cathedral (the 16th-18th centuries) and a Turkish minaret near it;
  • Francisco Polish church (the 14th-18th centuries);
  • The Town Hall (the 14th-19th centuries);
  • Armenian Nickolas church (the 14th century).

Local museums:

  • the museum of ethnography (Zamkovaya Street, 1);
  • the museum of local history (Ioanno-Predtechenskaya Street, 2);
  • the museum of art (Pyatnitskaya Street, 11).

One can visit a botanic garden. The old center is located on a peninsula surrounded by a canyon with the river Smotrich (the Dniester tributary) flowing on its bottom.

The old town is connected with the central part of the city by Novoplanovy bridge. Precipitous rocky banks of the river Smotrich attract mountaineers.

Recently restored Alexandro-Nevsky church in neo-Byzantine style became a place of interest as before the revolution.

Kamenets Podolskiy places

Kamenets Podolskiy wooden church

Kamenets Podolskiy wooden church

Author: Oleg Krivolapov

Kamenets Podolskiy Catholic church

Kamenets Podolskiy Catholic church

Author: Valery Podlesny

Kamenets Podolskiy monument

Kamenets Podolskiy monument

Author: Valery Podlesny


Kamenets Podolskiy is a unique Ukrainian city

This city is unique in many things:

  • the highest bridge in Europe without piers;
  • the largest in Europe National Park “Podolskiye Tovtry”;
  • the 3rd place in Ukraine after world-known Kiev and Lviv in the number of architectural monuments;
  • the rocks in the very center of the city;
  • fairly well-developed tourist infrastructure.

Kamenets Podolskiy becomes more and more interesting for tourists because of the following reasons:

  • rich history of the city and its outskirts;
  • competitions in aeronautics which already became traditional;
  • festivals of historical reconstruction groups;
  • convenient location - (100 km to Khmelnitsky and 100 km to Chernivtsi);
  • well-developed tourist infrastructure (restaurants and hotels);
  • active forms of recreation;
  • opportunities for rural tourism.

Kamenets Podolskiy city, Ukraine photos

Kamenets Podolskiy churches

Kamenets Podolskiy church

Kamenets Podolskiy church

Author: Yuri Scherbina

Kamenets Podolskiy city church

Kamenets Podolskiy city church

Author: Valery Podlesny

Kamenets Podolskiy cathedral

Kamenets Podolskiy cathedral

Author: Sergey Shepel


Kamenets Podolskiy castle

Kamenets Podolskiy castle

Kamenets Podolskiy castle

Author: Valeriy Vorona

Kamenets Podolskiy fortress

Kamenets Podolskiy fortress

Author: Mariusz Rzetala


Explore the castle of Kamenets Podolskiy


The comments of our visitors

Philippe
Kamenets Podolskiy
Wonderful memory in this old city! I went there on September 2014 with a lovely Ukrainian girl. She and I are loving this nice place...

John
I love this town
I love this town so much. I will go there in few years.

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