October 3, 2020

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Crimea. The Uncharted territory of Russia.

Hello, my dear readers, today we continue to discover cities and regions of my huge country Russia. And I would like to share with you some information about new region of Russia, it is Crimea.

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Some of you know about the attractions there, some of you don’t know where it is at all. So, today we will clarify all facts and information about this region and I hope you will want to visit it and watch everything with your eyes. So, if you are ready, please sit back and prepare a cup of aromatic coffee, and let’s start.

 

Little of History…

Since ancient times, Crimea has been an advantageous place for the transit of sea routes. Like all territories of our planet, Crimea has become part of different states at different times. It belonged to the Greek Empire, was later captured and became the land of the Ottoman Empire. Several centuries later, it was captured by the Russian Empire, transferred to Ukraine later.

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And in March 2014, Crimea became part of the Russian Federation. The peninsula in the northern part of the Black Sea is still the subject of a dispute between Ukraine, Russia and UN members. But today we will not discuss the politic topics, instead we will watch all delights of this exciting peninsula. Honestly, visiting Crimea is my dream, after Kamchatka, and I hope in one day my dream comes true.

#1. Pink lake

There are not many pink lakes in Crimea and they are located in different parts of the peninsula. But today I would like to tell you about Sasyk-Sivash. This pink lake is quite large, but very shallow. The depth is only about a meter.

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So if your height allows you, you can walk pass this entire lake. The color of the water becomes especially bright in July-August, all due to the bright crimson algae and unicellular microorganisms. Since ancient times, the world famous Crimean salt has been mined on the lake, which is very rich in vitamins and minerals. But not only the beauty and unusual color of this lake attracts many travelers here. Pink lakes are considered to be very medicinal, bathing in their waters is very beneficial for health and maintaining immunity.

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And I’m not even talking about amazing photos for Instagram and unforgettable impressions of this place. Other pink lakes also have not only healing properties, but also curative mud and are located next to the Black and Azov seas. They are separated from the sea by an isthmus, so you can combine bathing in the pink water of the lake and in the sea water.

#2. Ai-Petri

What is Ai-Petri? It is a vast mountain range that delights with its beauty and grandeur. A huge number of rock climbers, climbers and simply lovers of mountain routes dream of getting to the top of this mountain. Yes, I myself am one of them. I would gladly sit on the edge of the summit with my legs dangling down and enjoying the magnificent view of the sea and colorful forest from above.

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Moreover, not only the beautiful bird’s-eye view attracts many travelers, but also the cable car connecting the top of the mountain and the rock that is located nearby. Under your feet, an abyss opens, wrapped in fog and dark secrets if you look down. Only truly brave people can cross the suspension bridge and enjoy the adrenaline rush and incredible pleasure from the work done.The edge of the mountain ridge is of a rather unusual structure, it seems that many years ago, some one gnawed at the mountain in a monstrous manner, and now we can only guess who actually did it – nature or ancient creatures that lived before our planet long before human civilization.

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The mountain range has many attractions and places for recreation, ski resorts, everyone will find something to their liking. And I’m not even talking about the fact that the Ai Petri suspension bridge is the top Instagram platform for world photos. 

#3. Chufut Kale

It is an ancient rock town with a rich history. It is located on a plateau and surrounded by steep cliffs on 3 sides, there is only one convenient way to get to the ancient city. Nature itself, and later man, tried to make the city impregnable for conquerors and enemy attacks.

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At different times, ancient cave people, indigenous peoples of these territories, Tatar and Crimean khans lived here. The rocky city was inhabited for a long time, later prisoners and captive people were brought here, and then the city became the residence for the rest of one of the Crimean khans. Archaeologists still find something interesting on the territory of the ancient settlement, now the mountain city is a national park, which anyone can get into and touch the thousand-year history of this great structure.

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In the cave city, houses, manors, mosques with ancient inscriptions, roads, bridges, ancient gates have been preserved, which is of interest not only for archaeologists, but also for ordinary travelers. Not every day you can touch the great history and feel the atmosphere of that time. Currently, the cave city is a restored part and a part covered with ruins, where excavations and restoration work are still underway.

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During the work, scientists have found several treasures and it is not known what other secrets this cave city hides from us.

In conclusion…
Dear friends, for today this is all that I wanted to share with you. But far from the last thing I would like to tell you. Crimea is actually the pearl of the Russian Federation and I would really like each of you to visit this magnificent region and see all this beauty with your own eyes. On its territory there is an incredible number of architectural monuments, palaces, natural attractions and much more.But I will definitely tell you about this in one of my next blogs. Take care of yourself, keep a good mood and see you in the next blog.

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