Last visit to The Crimea (old)

This is one of the "clearing the backlog of pictures" post covering out visit to The Crimea in September-October 2010.

We went to The Crimea in September for a month and a half to spend both of our birthdays and a wedding anniversary with our relatives.

We are wearing kimonos
Here we are on Ksusha's birthday wearing yukatas (summer kimono). You can imagine we were eating Japanese food too ;)

Next two days we went to walk around seaside Sevastopol.

Constantin's Revellin
Sevastopol Bay and the Constantin's Ravelin.

Golden sheep skin and a dragon near dolphinarium
Part of "ancient Greek mythology" installation. Golden sheep skin and a three-headed dragon.

Entrance to the Sevastopol Bay

Sevastopol Bay
A couple more Sevastopol Bay pictures.

Sevastopol obelisk
Heroic City of Sevastopol Obelisk.

Scuttled Ships Monument (Sunken Ships Monument)
Scuttled Ships Monument (Sunken Ships Monument) for the ships sunken at the entrance to Sevastopol Bay to prevent enemy ships from entering there.

Scuttled Ships Monument (Sunken Ships Monument)

Scuttled Ships Monument (Sunken Ships Monument)
Primorsky boulevard.

Next day we went to see some bays from sea.

Scuttled Ships Monument (Sunken Ships Monument) from the sea
Scuttled Ships Monument (Sunken Ships Monument) from the sea side. When looking from sea if you have a bit of imagination you are supposed to see profiles of a Russian emperor and a Russian admiral in the wings of the eagle.

Battle Ships in Yazhnaya Bay
Entering South (Yuzhnaya) Bay.

Dry dock
A dry dock and Lazarev's barracks on the top of the hill.

Battle Ships in Yazhnaya Bay
Russian Navy ships are staying there.

Old soviet submarine
Old Soviet submarine (capable of carrying nuclear weapons) now used for training.

Russian submarine
More modern Russian submarine.

Boat on a pier
A colorful boat on a pier.


Ships, ships and more ships.

Count's Pier from the sea
Count's pier.

Sevastopol Bay
And back to the Sevastopol Bay.

Mooring bollard
Mooring bollard on our boat.

Kornilow's embankment
Kornilov's embankment - the place from where we departed.

One of the following days we've got to travel to the Church of Foross.

Foross Church
Church of Foross from Baidar Gate observation platform.

Foross Church

Foross Church
Church of Foross.

Observing spot
Another observation platform stop.

Southern Coast of The Crimea

Southern Coast of The Crimea
Southern coast of The Crimea view on Laspi Bay from the observation platform.

Sevastopol-Yalta road in mountains
"New" Yalta-Sevastopol highway.

For the next day we decided to visit the once secret underground nuclear submarine center in Balaklava. Quite an epic place that was totally pillaged in 1993-2003 before it was turned into a museum. The other name of it is "Object 825-GTS)

The top secret building project was started in 1953. For further secrecy the rocks from the tunnel digging were dumped into the sea at night only, totally over 120.000 metric tons were extracted. The construction took 8 years to complete.

The result: underground channel 602 m (1,975ft) in length that could house 7 nuclear submarines. The object can withstand a direct nuclear impact of 100 kT. There are two exits of the tunnel that could be closed by a huge 150 ton gates. Total underground area is 9,600 sq. m. (103,333 sq. ft.), underground water area is 5200 sq. m (55,972 sq.ft.)

Aside from the tunnel the complex also contains a submarine fixing factory, a weapons and fuel supply and a submarine refuel station.

Temperature in the tunnels stays at around 15C (59F).

Balaklava Bay
Balaklava Bay.

Entrance to the underground submarine shelter
Bay-side channel entrance.

Ticket to see the shelter
Ticket to enter the museum.

Right after entrance
The very first thing you see after entering.

Huge and long corridors inside
Huge thick anti-nuclear doors.

Huge and long corridors inside

Huge and long corridors inside
Long-long tunnels inside.

Random expositions
Periodically you see some small expositions here and there.

Sign on a wall
Random sign on a wall.

Turning tunnel
Now tunnel takes a turn.

Submarine tunnel
Finally got to the water channel part.

Submarine tunnel

Submarine tunnel

Submarine tunnel

Submarine tunnel
And it's pretty big indeed.

Submarine tunnel

Submarine tunnel
Central branch of the underground channel.

Underground tunnel

And more tunnels.

Exit from the facility
Exit from the tunnels.

Balaklava Bay
Balaklava Bay again.

Genoese fortress Chembalo in Balaklava
Genoese fortress Chembalo in Balaklava.

Balaklava Bay
Balaklava Bay in the evening.

In a couple of more days we also visited Evpatoria, city that I grew up in.

Karaite Kenassa
Karaite Kenesa, now reopened after renovation. This is the primary place of worship for Crimean Karaites. I remember when I was going to school the place was a badly kept museum of regional studies. Later on it was totally abandoned.

Karaite Kenassa tickets
Tickets to see the Kenesa (not much to see really, esp. since it's a working one, so many closed areas).

Monument to Russian Emperor Alexander I in Karaite Kenassa in Evpatoria
Memorial for Russian Emperor Alexander I visit to the Kenesa.

Karaite worship hall
Worship hall.

Sun watch
Ancient sundial.

Old Turkish streets in Evpatoria
Old Turkish-era Evpatoria streets. All renovated and quite unlike how they looked when I was a child.

Reconstruction of old Gezlev city wall in Evpatoria
Reconstructed piece of Gezlev city wall near bread-baking plant.

And on the next day we and our friends went to Bakhchisaray to see the Khan's palace.

Near Khan's palace Entrance
Strangely formed cliffs nearby.

Waiting for Khan's palae tour to begin
The tour begins here.

Demir-Kapy portal
Demir-Kapy portal, oldest part of the palace with a known age (built in 1503 according to the sign). Translated from Tatar language the name means "iron door".

Divan hall

Divan hall
Divan hall. This is the place where a council meetings were held in the past.

Summer pavilion
Summer sunroom with a fountain.

Khan's mosque
Khan's small mosque and mihrab there.

Fountain of tears
Famous fountains of tears.

Hawk Tower
Hawk's tower. It was used so that Khan's wives can take a look at the palace yard and at the same time eunuchs can oversee the harem yard.

Tatar house interior

Tatar house interior
Historic interior of wealthy Tatar houses.

Tatar music instruments
Music instruments of Crimean Tatars.

Old quran
Old Quran.

Tatar bride room interior
Interior of a bride's room.

Big Khan's mosque
Big Khan's mosque.

tatar costumes
Also in the palace you can get a Tatar costume for and get a picture of yourself in it.

Quite some time later we took a trip outside of The Crimea to see some relatives of Ksusha living in Ukrainian town Orekhov near Zaporozhye. More like a village actually.

Gathering pears
I am gathering some pears.

Kitten Sima

Kitten Sima
Kitten Sima quite liked my sandals.

Random visit to Southern Coast.

Swallow's Nest
Swallows nest from old Yalta highway.

Old Yalta highway coming through Gaspra town.

One of the reasons we went there was to pick up newly taylored clothes for Ksusha's new doll, Shirase-sensei. (Just in time for her birthday).

Akira-kun on a sofa

BPS and Toshiba T1000

BPS and Toshiba T1000

BPS and Toshiba T1000
Shirase is a hacker that enjoys working with old hardware, so he was quite enjoyed by my old Toshiba T1000.

Some more time later we also took a trip to some caves of Chatyrdag with a friend.

Lower Chatyrdag plateau

Lower Chatyrdag plateau
First there was a lot of walk before we reached the first planned cave.

The first one was cave "Cold" (holodnaya).

It was pretty cold indeed, and slippery. Quite soon after we started to go there Ksusha decided that she does not like the experience and we turned back.

Entrance to the cave from inside.

Near entrance to
Around the entrance.

Near entrance to
Entrance to the cave from outside.

Then we walked to "bottomless" cave.

Lower Chatyrdag plateau

Lower Chatyrdag plateau

Lower Chatyrdag plateau

Lower Chatyrdag plateau
Views of lower Chatyrdag plateau.


Lookung up from entrance to cave

The cave itself is a hole of over a hundred meters deep in the middle of nowhere. We only went a bit down to see the real entrance, but cannot go into the cave itself as we did not have any special equipment and the entrance is just a cliff.

Entrace to
The entrance.

This concludes the pictures we took at the time.

The return flight was less than ideal and involved a night at Amsterdam airport.

Amsterdam airport
Funny huge pottry cafe there.

The other thing about Amsterdam was a huge mouse infestation, basically mice were running and jumping everywhere around at night. I did not even knew mice can jump like that.



Nice pics!

Nice article.