Crimean Republic


Currently (2015) the only safe way to get to the Crimean Peninsula by car is to cross the Kerch Strait by ferry.

Kerch’s main landmark is Mount Mithridat with the World War II memorial and ruins of an ancient Greek town of Pantecapaeum.

Kerch can boast of a nice 19th century church.

A small Turkish fortress Eni-Kale can be seen in the outskirts of Kerch.

The 14th century huge and well preserved fortress can be visited in the town of Sudak.

Yalta is the most famous Crimean resort. Back in early 19th century this area was chosen by the Russian royal family as their south residence. As a result a number of beautiful palaces were built and parks were laid.

The Massandra Palace

The Livadia Palace. The venue of the 1945 Yalta Conference.

The Vorontsov Palace in Alupka.

The Nikitsky Botanic Garden.

Sweet wines of Massandra winery are truly the best of its kind.

A winding road runs from Yalta across a mountain pass to the old Tatar town of Bakhchisarai.  A must stop place is the top of Ai-Petri mountain overlooking the Black Sea coast around Yalta.

The view of Yalta from Ai-Petri 1245m ASL.

The town of Bakhchisarai is the home of the medieval Crimean Khanate. The Khan palace is a must visit sight.

The fountain of tears glorified by the Russian poet Pushkin.

Find a tear.

The mosque in the Khan Palace is decorated with David's star. Both religions used to peacefully coexist here.

The ancient town of Chufut-Kale is located on the top of the mountain above Bakhchisarai. There is a bumpy dirt road leading there.

Close to Chufut-Kale but hidden from most eyes is a moderately vandalised old Jewish cemetery.

Some views of the Crimean Mountains.

If you choose to walk to Chufut-Kale then you pass by the cave monastery and churches.

Perhaps, the less touristed place in Crimea is its westernmost point Cape Tarkhankut. From October till May it is absolutely deserted.

This heart-shaped pool is called "The bowl of love"


The city of the Russian military glory. Sevastopol was the venue of fierce battles in the 1854-56 Crimean War against allied Turkish, French and British forces and during the Second World War.

The museum panorama of the Sevastopol defense in 1854-56.

The statue of admiral Kornilov mortally wounded in this spot in October 1854.

The statue of admiral Nakhimov.

The world famous Russian writer Leo Tolstoy was in charge of one of such batteries during the defense of Sevastopol.

The monument to the scuttled ships. The ships were scuttled at the entrance of the bay to prevent allied warships from entering the bay.

The museum diorama of the Sevastopol battle in 1944.

One of the major sights in Sevastopol is the ruins of the ancient Greek town of Chersonesos. The place is famous as the cradle of Russian Christianity. It was here where Prince Vladimir was baptized in 988. Gradually the Christian religion was introduced all over ancient Russia.

Saint Andrew.