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The signs of centuries in the Ukrainian Lower Danube have been carefully preserved at Izmail, Kiliya and Belgorod-Dnestrovsky museums. The living monuments to history, - cathedrals, churches and remains of the ancient fortresses, - are the places of interest for tourists today.
The traces of cruel battles between Sarmats and the Roman Empire were found at the excavations’ sites at the villages of Orlovka and Novoselskoye of Reni district, at the village of Belolesye of Tatarbunarsky district and at some other places. The Goths and Huns stroke an irreparable blow to the nomadic tribes of Sarmats, leaving here only some burial mounds in the steppes that remind us of that page in the history of the Lower Danube. The Scythian-Sarmatian period of the history of this land coincides with the Great Greek colonization of Northern and North-Western Prychernomorye (the lowland area at the Black Sea). In addition to settlements of Tira and Nikonia on the banks of the Dniester salt lake, ancient Greeks founded Antifila on the place of the modern-day Izmail.
The formation of the Old Russian state of Kiev Rus was preceded by the period of the Slavic tribes’ mass migration. That resulted in the tribal unions’ formation and creation of the Slavic state.
Svyatoslav’s tribes were joined to the Kiev Rus. Already at that time the Danube was not only a trade but also a military and strategic route. Kiev Rus princes protected the Lower Danube population from foreign invaders. The inhabitants of the land were engaged not only in farming and cattle-raising, but also in horticulture, market-gardening and bee keeping.
Starting from the middle of the 10th century the Pechenegs played the masters on the Lower Danube lands: then they were followed by the Polovtsy, and later on the Lower Danube inhabitants became subject to Galitskiy-Volynskiy principality. The settlers especially suffered in the period of the Mongol-Tatar invasion. South-western Slavs were the major population in the Lower Danube at that period of time. However, continuous fight between the neighboring states to control the seaside towns influenced the ethnic composition of the local population and resulted in considerable culture mix.
The main object of fight in the country between the Danube and the Dniester Rivers in the XIVth century were the town of Belgorod on the Dniester (Akkerman) and the town of Kiliya on the Danube, and the territory of the country between the two rivers received the name of Bessarabia. Starting from the second half of the XVth century, the Lower Danube towns, one after another, found themselves at the mercy of the Turkish sultan, becoming part of the Ottoman Empire. The fortresses of Kiliya, Tatarbunary and Izmail started to quickly appear in the Lower Danube region. Lower Danube was at the cross-roads of the trade routes. Kiliya was a key fishery center at that period of time.
A new page in the Lower Danube history was introduced by Ukrainian Cossacks. Those freedom-loving Ukrainian people, unwilling to suffer from their landowners, fled to establish Zaporozhskaya Sech and started fighting against Turks and Tatars. After Zaporozhskaya Sech had been destroyed, Cossacks began to actively develop the Lower Danube lands. In 1746 a new settlement called Lipovanskoye (later renamed into Vilkovo) came into existence.
WE INVITE YOU TO IMMERSE INTO A SPECIAL ATMOSPHERE OF THIS LAND THAT HAS EXPERIENCED THE INFLUENCE AND INTERTWINING OF THE NATIONS LIVING HERE IN DIFFERENT EPOCHS IN THE COUNTRY BETWEEN THE DANUBE AND THE DNIESTER RIVERS!