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Ice age in Crimea – ice-bound Chersonese

Tauric Chersonese or simply Chersonese is a city founded by the ancient Greeks located in the south-west coast of Crimea. For two thousand years, it was a major political, economic and cultural center of the northern Black Sea area.

Today, you can see the remains of Chersonese in the Gagarin district of Sevastopol, it is a historical and archaeological reserve. In 2013, Chersonese was included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The photos were taken by Yuri Yuhanson.

Ice age in Crimea - ice-bound Chersonese, photo 1

beautiful frozen coast

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Chersonese lighthouse in Sevastopol

Chersonese lighthouse is located at the entrance to Sevastopol bay, in its southwestern part, at Cape Chersonese. The lighthouse was built in 1816 and throughout its long life played an important role in the history of the Black Sea Fleet.

During the Second World War, the lighthouse tower was destroyed, but it was rebuilt in 1950-1951. Up to this day, it provides safe navigation on the sea way to Sevastopol. Photos by Sergey Anashkevitch

Chersonese lighthouse in Sevastopol, Crimea, Ukraine, photo 1

scenic views

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May 12, 2013, the Black Sea Fleet of Russia celebrated its 230th birthday. The fleet was founded in 1783 after the annexation of Crimea to Russia. It was based in Akhtiar Bay, in the south-west coast of the Crimean peninsula. Later, the city of Sevastopol was founded there.

In Sevastopol, the main base of the Black Sea Fleets of Russia and Ukraine, a joint parade of warships was held. The celebration ended with fireworks. Here are some pictures of the parade taken by Petr Ushanov

The Black Sea Fleet parade, Sevastopol, Ukraine photo 1

More picturesque views of the warships


Chersonese was a city-state, founded by the ancient Greeks in the south-west coast of the Crimea. At present, the ruins of the city are located in Gagarin district of Sevastopol.

For two thousand years, Chersonese was a major political, economic and cultural center of the northern Black Sea region. During the years of Soviet power, Chersonese Historical and Archaeological Reserve became one of the largest archaeological centers.

The remains of ancient city-state Chersonese at night time photo 1

Feel the history of the ancient city




Invasion of jellyfish in Balaclava

At the beginning of spring, in the Bay of Balaclava near Sevastopol, one could observe an unusual phenomenon – the entire water area of the bay was filled with jellyfish. Billions of jellyfish turned the waters of the bay in a solid white jelly.

Boats and yachts were among this mess, and jellyfish thrown out on the waterfront by waves squelched underfoot of strolling people.

Jellyfish invasion, Balaclava, Sevastopol, Ukraine photo 1


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Object 825 GTS (or K-825) is an underground submarine base in Balaklava (near Sevastopol, Crimea), a secret military installation built in 1953-1961 during the Cold War, located in Balaklava bay. Currently, the base is a museum.

The object is a construction that has anti-nuclear defense of the first category (protection against direct hit of 100 kt nuclear bomb), which includes combined underground water channel with a dry dock, repair shops, fuel storages, torpedo arsenal. The base is located in the mountain Tavros on both sides of which there are two exits. Photos by danlux

Underground submarine base in Balaklava, Crimea, Ukraine photo 1


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During your visit to the Crimea, you can go in the foothills or mountains, swim in the sea, but it is not so easy to find a place that is below sea level. Let’s look at one of the lowest points of the Crimea (-14 meters below sea level).

Kadykovsky abandoned quarry, rusty-orange pile rising high among the surrounding hills, is located in the outskirts of Sevastopol. The quarry is called by the name of the area – Kadykovka.

Picturesque abandoned quarry near Sevastopol, Crimea, Ukraine photo 1


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Sevastopol, located on the Black Sea coast of the Crimean peninsula, is a city of national importance of Ukraine, Hero City.

Founded by the order of the Russian Empress Catherine II in 1783, the city is one of the primary administrative units of present Ukraine (along with the 24 provinces, Autonomous Republic of Crimea, and the state capital – Kiev).

The city is a major seaport, industrial, scientific, recreational, cultural, and historical center of Ukraine. Naval bases of the Russian Black Sea Fleet and the Ukrainian Navy are located there.

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Navy Day is one of the most favorite holidays in Sevastopol. Thousands of people literally occupy every possible place to watch the water area of the bay, where the parade and show of naval forces take place.

This year’s celebration of Navy Day was held on July 29 and was joint. From 2011 the Ukrainian Navy Day is celebrated on the same date as the Russian Navy Day.

The parade on the day of the Navy in Sevastopol photo 1



Chernaya (Black) River is one of the few rivers of the Crimea. The river flows along the bottom of a picturesque gorge in the vicinity of Sevastopol city.

Below, in the dense thickets of overgrown vegetation, it is not hot even in summer scorching heat. Pure water of the river gives the air its freshness and coolness. The relative proximity of the city makes this place quite crowded on weekends and holidays. However, on weekdays, there is almost no one here.

Chernaya River, Sevastopol, Crimea, Ukraine view 1


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