The Akkerman Fortress

Akkerman Fortress or Belgorod-Dnestrovskiy fortress is the largest fortress in the Ukraine. The fortress was built in the 13th century by Genoese, on the bank of the Dniester estuary. In the 14th century, during the Turkish War, the fortress fell to the Turks. They renamed it Ak Kerman which means White Castle. For more than 300 years, the fortress belonged to Turks and Tatars who were specially moved here. In 1806, during the Russian-Turkish War, the fortress was taken by Russian troops. The Tatars were forcibly evicted, and the fortress became a "free settlement." For many millennia, the city has repeatedly changed its name and its governor. At the moment, it's a part of the Ukrainian state.