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Bakota is a flooded village in Podillya, near Kamianets-Podilskyi. Today this place is known for its incredible scenery and silence. Half a century ago, hundreds of families left their homes and farms here. People were evicted and the village flooded to build a reservoir for a powerful hydroelectric plant. Taras Gorbnyak, a native of Bakota, was 27 when he and his family were evicted. Today he leads tours of places where he once lived.

Initially, Bakota was a city. The city was first mentioned in the chronicle of 1240 as the largest administrative center of the Dniester Lowland with a population of over 3 thousand people. In the 13th and 16th centuries, the region between the Dniester and the Bug was called Lower Russia, and Bakota was the capital of the region. Both hiking and water trade routes converged here.

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