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Kamianets-Podilskyi - City hall

Still in Kamianets-Podilskyi. The city hall is a landmark of K-P and the square in front of it a pleasant meeting place for people. Even more at night.

Kamianets-Podilskyi is a provincial town but despite the fact that cities such as Kiev, Lviv and Odessa have many more beautiful buildings and monuments, I have my best memories of my visit of this town.
I experienced it as a very charming place with a relaxed and peaceful atmosphere.

I stayed in an inexpensive bed & breakfast where people were treated like a real guest. Despite the fact that the operators only spoke Ukrainian and Russian, there was not really a communication problem. There were also young travelers from Kiev who spoke English and who translated upon arrival.
The breakfast prepared for the guests was as big as a lunch :)

Thinking back to the trip to Ukraine, Kamianets-Podilskyi is the first place that comes into my mind. It was also a real surprise. Before I started planning my journey, I had never heard of it. All our Polish TE friends apparently know this town.

However, history has not always been pretty for Kamianets-Podilskyi. Here’s what you can find on Wikipedia regarding the dark times in the history of the city:

Poles and Ukrainians have always dominated the city's population. However, as a commercial center, Kamianets-Podilskyi has been a multi-ethnic and multi-religious city with substantial Jewish and Armenian minorities.
The different peoples and cultures that have lived in the city have each brought their own culture and architecture. Examples include the Polish, Ruthenian and Armenian markets.

Under Soviet rule Kamianets-Podilskyi became subject to severe persecutions and many Poles were forcibly deported to Central Asia.
One of the first and largest Holocaust massacres carried out in the opening stages of war between Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union, took place in Kamianets-Podilskyi on 27–28 August 1941.
According to Nazi German reports, in two days a total of 23.600 Jews from the Kamianets-Podilskyi Ghetto were murdered, including 16.000 expellees from Hungary …

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  • Copyright: Paul VDV (PaulVDV) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4444 W: 17 N: 10475] (42829)
  • Genre: Lieux
  • Medium: Couleur
  • Date Taken: 2017-07-19
  • Categories: Architecture
  • Exposition: 1/21 secondes
  • Versions: version originale, Workshop
  • Date Submitted: 2017-12-20 14:11
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