Medzhybizh Fortress, Medzhybizh

Medzhybizh Castle,built as a bulwark against Ottoman expansion in the 1540s, became one of the strongest fortresses of the Crown of the Kingdom of Poland in Podolia. It is situated at the confluence of the Southern Bug and Buzhenka rivers, in the town of Medzhybizh, Ukraine. Today the castle is part of the State Historical-Cultural Preserve.
Originally the wooden castle was founded sometime in 1146 by Bolokh princes. The castle survived the Mongol's invastion, but in 1254 it was dismantled by Daniel of Galicia on the Mongol's orders as several other castles and fortresses in the Kingdom of Rus. The castle was rebuilt by Koriatovych princes after the Grand Duke of Lithuania defeated the Golden Horde at the Battle of Blue Waters in 1362.
Its royal status the castle received already back in 1385, but in 1432 Medzhybizh with most of Podilia was passed to the Polish Crown. The castle was in a state possession for sometime. Sometimes in 1540 the castle was passed to Mikołaj Sieniawski who made some major renovations. The castle's founder was Mikołaj Sieniawski, and the Sieniawski family owned Medzhybizh until its extinction in the early 18th century. The stronghold was reconquered from the Turks in 1699 and passed to the Czartoryski family in 1731.
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  • I want to see the fortress soon after the reconstruction!!! Thanks for the strength to keep the national memo
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  • They returned from Kamyanitsa-Podilskyi to Kiev with their friends by car. Accidentally when planning the route "stumbled" on this castle and did not regretted that stopped. Beautiful place, medieval atmosphere and classical fortification architecture + active reconstruction of the southern wall. The tour did not take-read the information stands before the entrance to the castle.
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  • There are renovations going on, which makes almost half the castle unaccessible. The view from the top of the tower is awesome but it's a long and steep way up, take good care. The museum is really nice, lots of history there. The Holocaust museum is so true, yet very sad. The castle looks great from the bridge.
  • Walk around it for views, it won't be long, then get inside for some modest entry fee. The most interesting thing inside is the tower, which has newly-build, narrow and steep wooden stairs to the top. Three tiny museums can be of interest for those who are interested. Events like festivals are being held from time to time, creating an atmosphere if you want to believe it.
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