Nowadays the main fortress gates are hospitably opened for tourists who come to Bilgorod-Dnistrovskyi from the world over. Let’s cross the draw-bridge to the castle territory where history’s wonders come alive before our eyes.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />
The territory is divided into several yards: the Southern yard where during enemy raids the city’s population hid themselves, the Northern or Garrison’s and the least preserved Economic yard where a minaret remains from the Turk construction. Next to it is the basement of a Christian temple from the 12-13th с. The mixture of religions, languages, cultures – this is Akkerman-Bilgorod’s calling card.
The most “photogenic” part of the complex is the Citadel. This is impenetrable fortress within the fortress was built by the Genoese trades people. Their commandant lived here, the military staffs and the Turkish vicegerents’ harems were to be found here. During the time when Akkerman belonged to the Turks (1484-1812) the Cossacks from Zaporizhya campaigned many times on their renowned boats called "gulls" to the outpost walls. They say that Citadel still hides ottoman treasures.
Akkerman was visited by the "father of history" Herodotus, the ancient princes of Kiev Kyy, Ihor and Oleh, the poets Pushkin, Lessya Ukrainka and Adam Mickiewicz. And in 1896 the fortress was named a historical-architectural monument. In Soviet times close to 30 films were shot here, among them is “Othello”, “Captain Nemo”, “The Musketeers - 30 years later”.
The creation of a historical-tourist complex “Bilgorod-Dnistrovskyi Fortress” is planned for the near future (Ushakova St., Bilgorod-Dnistrovskyi, Odesa region, tel.: (+380 4849) 249-36, open daily from 8:00 tо 20:00). Who knows, maybe this is the beginning to a new era in its history…