Bakota - Ukrainian Atlantis. Flooded village. Beauty of the Dniester.


Multiple DVOW Winner smakozawr brings us this outstanding drone video of a fascinating spot in the western Ukraine.  The village of Bakota stood for nearly 1,000 years along the banks of the Dneister River in the present-day oblast (province) of Khmelnytskyi.  It became well-known in part for a series of medieval era cave monasteries.  In 1981, the village was evacuated to make way for a new hydroelectric dam.  During the mid-1990's, the rock hills which contained the caves collapsed, flooding and destroying most of them.  

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Bakota was once the capital of the entire region, the location of one of the oldest men's monasteries in Ukraine, later - the tragedy of thousands of people, and now - a place where you feel peace in body and soul. Bakota — a place of peace Lake Bakota (Bakota Bay) is located in the south of Khmelnytskyi region, 55 kilometers from the famous Kamianets-Podilskyi. Until 1981, there was a village here, which gave the name to the territory, but now a majestic bay formed by the waters of the Dniester has spilled out in its place.

In parallel with the development of the settlement, the oldest cave monastery of Podillia emerged nearby.

It is located in the thickness of the 120-meter White Mountain, which consists of soft sandstone, which is easily available for cave excavation.

Since 1918, the village of Bakota has become a border village - the border with Romania passes very close. The population decreased significantly during the famine of 1947, but the most alarming news came in 1973 - information about the future flooding of the village for the construction of the Novodnistrovskaya HPP. Clearing the village before flooding Residents were given eight years to leave their small homeland and start life anew, and already in 1981, a gradual rise in the Dniester's level began, which lasted six years and took several dozen villages under water.