Ukrainian Bilhorod-Dnistrovsky, along with Rome and Athens, is among the ten most ancient towns of the world. But tourists are attracted to this place by well-known Bilhorod-Dnistrovska (Akkerman) fortress.
The Bilhorod-Dnistrovskyi fortress was founded on the ruins of the ancient town Tyr as an impregnable citadel. Though being in the “venerable” age and participant of many historical events, the fortress has managed to survive through the centuries, and preserve its outstanding power and grandeur. Today it is considered the best-preserved medieval fortification in Ukraine.
For two centuries, the outpost served as a good defence for its owners. However, in the XV century, it surrendered to the Ottomans. The Turks renamed it Akkerman (which means “White Fortress”) and ruled the territory for over 300 years.
Nowadays, the Akkerman Fortress has been declared as a cultural heritage reserve. In addition to an exciting excursion and a visit to the archaeological museum, you can shoot with an arbalest, personally “examine” every inch of the ancient military equipment exposed in the Garrison Court, wander along the underground labyrinths, take a look at the waters of the Dniester firth from the height of one of the 34 donjons, and just have a good time.