The Windy Gate in Kamyanets-Podilsky.

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Vitryani (Windy) Gate

At the northern edge of the Old Town is the still-functioning 16th-century Vitryani (Windy) Gate, where Peter the Great's hat blew off in 1711. Connected to the gate is the 7-storey stone Kushnir (Furriers') Tower (Кушнірська башта), a defensive structure funded by artisans who lived nearby.

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