The main web location for articles on Crimea
is crimea2. Please check there for full listing - the
following are some of the principal sections.
Alma - location of battlefield in Crimean War
Balaklava - location of British supply
port and nearby battle during Crimean
Inkerman - location of battlefield during the Crimean war
Bakhchisarai - The palace of the Tatar Khans - The Girei
family ruled as Khans of the Crimean Tatars from the 1430's until expelled by
the Russian conquerors in the 1780's. Their palace has been restored and is now
a fine tourist attraction.
Cave cities - an article describing the
historical development of the many 'towns' and monasteries that were dug into
the limestone hills.
Chembalo - Genoese
fortress at Balaklava port. Not much
remains of the fortification the Genoese built to defend their trading port at
the best harbor on the Crimean southeast coast. But in conjunction with a visit
to the interesting town and the famous battlefield of the Crimean War, it is
worth a visit.
Chersonese - ancient
Greek colony on a headland close
to modern Sevastopol. The location is a major archeology site.
Chufut-Kale - The
'fortress of the Kariates - one of the
'cave cities' located in the mountainous region of southern Crimea. It was an
early Byzantine fortress, then a Tatar town and finally a haven for the Jewish
Kariate sect. The mention this location receives in standard guide books is
insufficient. It should be one of the highest priority places to visit in
Mangup-Kale - The most fascinating of the
'cave cities' of southern Crimea. This
was the capital of the medieval Feodoro principality. The nearly inaccessible
mountain top was fortified by the Byzantines as part of Justinian's effort to
secure the coastal Crimean cities from attack by nomadic tribes. It was
occupied by the Alans and Goths and during the middle ages ruled by a Greek
dynasty. The fortress was captured after a long siege by the Ottoman Turks in
1475. Now extensive archeological exploration is revealing its secrets.
Sudak - Founded by the Sarmatians (Soldai, Sugdei,
Sugdag, Surozh) and famous throughout the
middle ages as the hub for international trade between Baltic and Black Seas
and between Central Asia and Europe, it became a major Genoese trading post,
along with Kaffa. The Ottoman Turks captured it in 1475. Now impressive
fortifications remain to entice the tourist and archeologist alike. Meanwhile
the adjacent modern town is a favorite resort for sun bathers who don't want
the high prices at Yalta.
Efpatoria - Founded by ancient Greeks, A Turkish city until Russian conquest of
Kalos Liman - the archeological site today of ancient
Kutluk - archeological site on ruin of Bosporian
Donizlav - archeological site on ruin of anciet
Kalimata - remains of the
Feodorian fortress - later Turkish
fort near Inkerman.
Kara Tebe - archeological site of Scythian town
Sevastopol - Russian
seaport built at location of Turkish
fishing village after Russian conqeust of Crimea - siege in Crimean War.