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Cave Town of Chufut-Kale, Bakhchisaray District

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Walk through the remains of , once a settlement of different peoples, particularly those from the Crimean Karaite culture. While the origins of the site are a mystery, numerous legends tell stories of Biblical and ancient roots. It's likely that the town dates back to Byzantine times, around the 6th century. Some believe it represents the rise of feudalism in Crimea around the year 1000. Here you can see remains of ancient monuments, guard towers, and man-made caves. Tour the former houses and palaces with windows facing vast green hills and cliffs, and enter the expansive complexes of cave dwellings. Some of the structures served as jails, others as temples. Read stories about medieval tortures that occurred in the secret chambers of this town. Work out when and for how long to visit Cave Town of Chufut-Kale and other Bakhchisaray attractions using our handy Bakhchisaray trip itinerary builder.
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  • Fantastic place, caves, fortress and cities (old/new). Great mix of cultures: pagan, muslim, judish. Unique nations combination placed by great people movements. Deep feelings of historical touch. Kar...  more »
  • This sight is definitely must have to see. It's almost do not touched by modern times, therefore being here is like to back to past centuries (even millennia). Some of cinema producers use this fortre...  more »
  • Its a good walk, steep in places. but there is plenty to see both on route to the Cave Town and inside the walls. One suggestion I would make is to visit the well which is just out side the entrance t...  more »
  • Amazing place with great views and nature and smells like ancient history.
  • Fontastic mountain city.
  • Amazingly beautiful
  • The time of settlement of chufut-Kale on different versions ranging from the sixth to the tenth century. The historical name of the city has not survived. Some researchers believe that it was a Full City, which existed already in 576 g. Was constructed during the reign of Justeniana (I) to strengthen the Byzantine influence in Crimea. Full is also mentioned in connection with the pradrevnej-tavrijskoj library was removed to Alexandria. Perhaps there was a Byzantine fortress, which protected the population tally of the surrounding villages in the turbulent days. Residents with livestock and the most valuable treasure experienced in raids of nomads. Fortress, apparently belonged to goto-Alans — allies of Byzantium. Medieval cave town chufut-Kale at the foot of the cave city chufut-Kale in the era of the domination of the Kipchak in Crimea, the city came under their control and got the name kyrk-er. In the year 1299 Nogai Horde army the Emir took kyrk-er by storm, and the city was plundered. In XIII-XIV centuries the city was the Centre of a small Principality, operating in vassal dependence from the rulers of Crimean a yurta of the gold Horde. Starting from the XIV century Karaites settled in the city and at the time of formation of the Crimean Khanate they most likely already accounted for a large part of the population of the city. On the upper plateau of the cave city chufut feces Gorge chufut-Kale kyrk-er was the residence of pervog.
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  • A place of secrets! on another it's not called) you can only realize it after visiting those artificial caves from the Valley!) the road to it is long and relatively enough time under tired all the time birdwatching on the Hill, but it's worth it!) Mountain clean air and views offered with chufut-Kale is really fascinating! Uniquely to visit!
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