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.
Many historical and feature films as “Three Musketeers”, “An Old Fortress”, “Arrows of Robin Hood” were shot exactly here.
Inhabitants of Khotyn like to think up different stories concerning the nature of this spot on the wall. The most popular legend is about a brave Ukrainian girl who left the fortress during the Tatars’ siege because they hadn’t any well. But when she was coming back with an earthenware pot, she was wounded seriously and a wet spot was left at this place. The girl died very soon but she did bring the water to soldiers. Somebody believes that the spot has a form of a pot.
Another version: once upon a time the fortress belonged to a popular magnate who had a daughter. But he was too greedy and cruel and marry his daughter off to a rich man whom she didn’t love. She resisted and her father decided to brick her up in the fortress. Bitter tears were falling from her beautiful face and they formed this wet spot.
The fortress seems to be here all the time. It grows from the ground so naturally as grass or a flower.