PALANOK (Паланок)

We have made a shortstop and visit the medieval Palanok Castle with its peaked turrets (entrance 50 UAH). It is a unique sample of fortification architecture recognized as one of the most interesting and well-preserved defensive complexes in Ukraine. It is believed that Mukachevo castle was built in Kyivan Rus times. Back then it was a palisaded wooden fortification, and from here derives its name. Palanok Castle became stone in the late 14th century, under the ownership of Podillia Prince Fedir Koriatovych, who significantly rebuilt and updated the defensive complex. New walls were constructed, a deep ditch was dug, additional towers were raised and dwelling houses were built. The later ones were connected with long narrow passages, one of which was called the trap, or corridor of death. If an enemy penetrated town and entered this passage, entrance and exit were blocked with metal gates, and boiled water and hot pitch were poured over the trapped enemy through the holes in the ceiling.

Parking location – Palanok: 48.433723N 22.686065E