An amazing international festival of the historical reconstruction of the Middle ages "The Battle Between Nations" was held in the Khotynskaya fortress ( the city of Khotyn, Ukraine) from the 30th of April till the 3rd of May. Central events were fights between national teams of Ukraine, Russia, Belarus, Poland, Canada, Italy and Germany. Besides soldiers there were a lot of other personages who just walked on the fortress territory feigning peasants or court servants.
Participants' tents where they lived during the festival.
The Italian team participated in face to face and in massive battles.
A face to face battle.
The category "Shield and sword".
The category "Two-handled sword".
The category " Sword and buckler".
The Khotyn town is one of the most ancient towns of the Bukovina (the first record of the city was in 1001). On a cape, in the center of a peculiar amphitheatre of hills, there is a historical and architectural monument ( the XI-XVIIIth centures) - the most powerful stronghold in the Eastern Europe.
The Khotyn fortress has seen many different events for hundreds of its existence. And despite the advanced age it remained in a good condition. The town was governed in turn by Moldavians, Turks, Cossacks and Poles.