History Abounds in Kamianets-Podilsky
In 1062, the first mention of the town of Kamianets-Podilsky was made. This magnificent Podillian city has not changed much since ancient times, with its stone structures still captivating the imagination of every visitor who passes through. Nestled along the Smotrych River, in Ukraine, Kamianets-Podilsky is known throughout the country for its breathtaking landscapes and picturesque sites and buildings. In order to share the magical historical buildings and rich heritage, authorities in Kamianets-Podilsky have developed a tourism infrastructure and facilities that has seen in increase in visitors over the years.
To attract tourists to the town officials created tours around the points of interest, opened hotels to meet accommodation needs and built entertainment centers to offer visitors a form of relaxation. Festivals, art displays, car racing and ballooning are activities that have also contributed to the growing tourism industry and today the town welcomes more than two hundred thousand visitors a year. With a small population of approximately a hundred thousand residents, Kamianets-Podilsky has retained its small town atmosphere and provides visitors with a unique experience.
But it is the buildings and ancient castle that draw the most attention. The castle was constructed between the eleventh to the eighteenth century, as the fortification was restored and rebuilt over the years. As different rulers occupied the town, the various and different construction styles can still be seen and identified. Other historical buildings, of which there are more than a hundred to explore, include the SS. Peter and Paul Roman Catholic Cathedral, the Stephen Bathory Gate, the Triumphal Arch, the Armenian Market and the various other fortifications which each have their own history and fascinating story to tell. Tour guides are extremely educational and make each building come alive with detail.
Locals have created bed and breakfast establishments and other services to accommodate the tourism industry and in doing so, created an income for them and contributes to the economy of the town. Kamianets-Podilsky is a destination in Ukraine that is filled with a rich heritage, spectacular sights and beautiful landscapes. It is the perfect getaway that offers activities, discovery and relaxation. In future, officials hope that through promotion and the continued development of the tourism infrastructure that Kamianets-Podilsky will become one of the top destinations in the country.