Glimpse at the front gate of the Khotyn Fortress (Ukraine, 2020)
SONY FE 28-70mm F3.5-5.6 OSS
48mm ƒ/5.6 1/80s ISO 100
4000 × 6000 px / 300 dpi
The Khotyn Fortress is a fortification complex located on the right bank of the Dniester River in Khotyn, Chernivtsi Oblast (province) of western Ukraine. It is situated on a territory of the historical northern Bessarabia region which was split in 1940 between Ukraine and Moldova. Construction on the current Khotyn fortress was started in 1325, while major improvements were made in the 1380s and in the 1460s.
There are also many legends about the fortress, created over the hundreds of years of its existence. Some popular legends involve the origins of the large dark spot on the side of the wall of the fortress. One legend says that the spot was created by the tears of the Khotyn rebels against the Ottoman Turks that were killed inside fortress. Another legend has it that the spot was created from the tears of a girl named Oksana, whom the Turks buried alive in the walls of the fort.