I am sure there are many others I could have put here, but here are some of our favorite places we have been in Crimea...
The road from Stevastopol to Yalta
Kerch- besides being really close to Russia- you can go by ferry- is one of the hero cities of the second world war and where you can find the ruins of a Turkish fort, a remnant of the Ottoman Empire (you have to really look hard to find it, the directions and signage were very not good)
|The city symbol is a griffin, if you are into winged creatures|
|yes, that is an apartment building in the middle of the ruins....|
Between Kerch and the rest of these places, it has ruins from the Genoa traders, and don't miss the art museum there, huge paintings of amazing seascapes (I forget his name but that's his statue).
There is an Orthodox monastery built into limestone hills you can walk up to to and tour, and for a real hike go further up the mountain to the old cave city.
|Great place for hide and seek|
Seth and Jonah's favorite place we visited in Ukraine. It is one the places where the Genoa traders (from Italy) built fortresses in the middle ages. Russia is not the only people who have history in Crimea. The boys liked the castle and the armor they rented and the battle they had with real metal swords was the best part for them.
The secret Soviet submarine base-
Hoping this attraction remains open in Balaclava, the Ukrainian government opened it as a museum. It was built early in the cold war, and became obsolete when the new subs were too big to fit inside, they were brought into the mountain base through a tunnel for repairs. There were plans on blowing it up when the American spies came, too. You have to get a photo with the nuclear blast door when you go.
The cliffs of western-most point in Crimea (Tarkankut)
Greek ruins (Stevastopol)
A UNESCO world heritage site, walk around the ancient Greek ruins to see columns, mosaic floors, foundations of buildings, and in the center of it all, an Orthodox church that was rebuilt after the USSR broke apart to commemorate where Christianity came to the Russian empire when a ruler was baptized here.
|El- Petri - the mountain near Yalta |
We accidentally drove the road over the mountain in the dusk and fog in October with Garry's parents. It was a little scary for everyone, with numerous switchbacks. Garry and I still need to take the cable car ride, so I hope we get back to Crimea. It is an incredible scenic view when you take a boat ride from Yalta or from the gardens in Aluptka. ....
|Clay with Garry|
our Canadian friend Clay calls it the most beautiful place on earth. Walk through the beautiful botanical gardens to the Vorontsov Palace, which is incredible inside and out. Don't miss the lion statues on the Indian-influenced side of the castle, facing the sea, they are my favorites. You can see Ai Petri from many places in the gardens and near the palace which overlooks the sea.