Bakhchysaray Travel Guide

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Bakhchysaray Things to Do

  • The Big Khan Mosque

    The Big Khan Mosque is located on the Palace Square. It is one of the largest mosques in the Crimea and one of the first buildings of the Khan's palace. The mosque was built in 1532.It is possible to visit the Mosque. The entry is free of charge but donations are welcome. Be aware to get the special coat if you have too short skirt or shorts. There...

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  • Harem

    Inside the palace is the only surviving harem of the four that were traditionally attached to the palace and belonged to the khan's wives. You can see a great interior of the harem and opposite the building of the harem is the Falcon Tower.

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  • The Golden Fountain

    Through the hall lies the inne courtyard containing two fountains. With its white marble ornately inscribed in gold leafm the Golden Fountain is probably the more beautiful. It was build in 1733.

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  • The Fountain of Tears

    The Fountain of Tears was commissioed for the last Crimean khan, Giri. He fekt in love with a Polish girl, captured and enslaved in his harem. When she died, the khan began to weeping day and night. Worried important state matters were being neglected, the court ordered the Persian master craftsman Omer to build the fountain to give an outlet to...

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  • Khan's Palace

    The palace was erected by Russian and Ukrainian slaves in the 16th century under the direction of Persian, Ottoman and Italian architects. The structure still resembles its original state. The palace was a home of Crimean Khans. The walled enclosure contains a mosque, a harem, a cemetery, living quarters and gardens. The palace is not only a unique...

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  • Khan's Palace

    The Palace is the most famous and the most popular site of Bakhchisaraj. Khan's residence for several centuries was a notable political center, and the palace itself repeated styles of the Topkapi Palace, demonstrating the power and ambitions of the Crimean Khan. Construction of the palace began in the early XVI century - and it was the beginning...

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  • Palace Square

    The coolest placein the city!Today much of the Palace Square is a shady park, which fades into the old palace gardens. A wonderful place for quiet rest in the heat of the day.And it's free!

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  • Old Town

    Bakhchysaray is very small - you can walk around the Old town for 2 or 3 hours. The streets are not very clean but I think it's just safe here - we had walks late in the evening and I can't remember any unpleasant story. The walk is interesting - the streets keep a long history of the town. And some places are really magic!

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  • Khan Palace´s mosque

    the mosque of the palace... it remembers us the Tatar rule in Crimeathe Tatars are the only muslim ethnic group in Ukraine, and they are the one the Tars (just like the Turks and the Azeris) came from Central Asia... and got Eastern European lands since some centuries ago

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  • Uspensky Monastery

    We passed Uspensky Monastery on our hike up to see Chufut-Kale. We didn't see anyone going inside so all I know is what is in my guide book, the church which is built into the limestone rock by Byzantine monks in the 8th or 9th century. There is a healing fountain outside the monastery with a very plain "no photograph" sign which didn't stop the...

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  • Chufut-Kale

    Chufut-Kale is the most visited of all of Crimea's cave cities, presumably because it is easy to combine with the Khan's Palace on a daytrip. It's a bit of a climb from where the bus lets you off (Lonely Planet says 1.5 km), be sure to bring sensible shoes unless you are Ukrainian and possess the uncanny skill to balance on stilletto hills and...

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  • Khan's Palace-Living Room

    The final interior stop on the tour was the Living Rooms which were in a separate building from the Divan Hall, Summer Pavilion etc. This is the section of the complex where the Khan lived and where they held official ceremonies

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  • Khan's Palace

    The Khan's Palace is in Bakhchysaray for two reasons, the first is that Bakhchysaray was the capital of the Crimean Khanate between the 15th-18th century. More important is that it is STILL standing because Catherine the Great spared it during the mass destruction of the towns mosques, reportedly because she found this one romantic. Today you can...

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  • Khan's Palace-Harem

    The next stop after the Fountain Courtyard was the Harem where the wives and concubines of the Khan lived, the word Harem means "forbidden" in Arabic, the women weren't allowed to communicate with strangers without the Khan's permission so they were secluded in this section of the palace.There were originally four harem buildings at this palace,...

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  • Khan's Palace-Fountain Courtyard

    From the small mosque, you head into the Fountain Courtyard where you will find the most famous part of the Palace, the Fountain of Tears. It is said that Khan Krim Giray fell in love with a Polish girl that he added to his harem, she did not return his affection and unable to cope with the life in the harem, died after a year. The Khan cried day...

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  • Khan's Palace-small palace mosque

    From the Summer Pavilion, you head into the small palace mosque, one of the earliest structures in the Khan's Palace, built in the 16th century. The Khan, his relatives and officials would pray here five times a day which was the custom in the Moslem religion.

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  • Khan's Palace-Summer Pavilion

    After leaving the Divan Hall, you pass into the Summer Pavilion, built at the turn of the 18th century and largely rebuilt after the fire of 1736.This room was where the Khan relaxed after dealing with state affairs with the Divan Council, originally it was open on three sides and adjoined a garden.

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  • Khan's Palace-Divan Chamber

    The 1st stop on the tour through Khan's Palace was the Divan Hall which was built in the 16th century, 4 stained glass windows and remains of wall paintings survived the fire of 1736, the rest is reconstructed. The Divan was a council of the highest ranking officials of the Khanate, the Khan could not make any important decision without their...

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  • Chufut-Kale

    Ruins of the ancient Karaim's town Chufut-Kale is a must sightseeing place in Bakhchysaray.Karaimy is a small nation (which counted now as no more that 6000 people), possible successor of ancient Khazars. Ethnically they are close to Turkish, but main Karaim religion is Judaism.Learn more about Karaims here: http://www.turkiye.net/sota/karaim.html

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  • Cave city Chufut-Kale

    A honeycomb of caves with astonishing views over the valley, that's Chufut-Kale only 3,5 km further up the road of Khans'palace. You can walk or take marshrutka 1 or 2. It started in 6th century.

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  • Islamic palace

    The main attraction here is a palace of the Khan build in 16th century. It is beautifull and important for Tatar culture. Entrance fee is 30 UAH, it is at vul Lenina 129

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  • Travellers beware!

    The VISA terminal supposedly did not establish contact with my bank so we had to settle the bill in cash. When I got back home I discovered that the VISA terminal did in fact work - TWICE! (In retrospect, I remember that the waitress really worked the buttons on the terminal during the transaction.)In addition to this our Russian friend "lost" her...

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  • Outside Khan's Palace

    We didn't want to take the time to have a proper lunch as we had much to see so we had a couple of meat pierogis (more like pasties, a pastry shell with filling) and some Crimean Tatar baklava for dessert. There were several ladies in front of the entrance of the Khan's Palace selling these items, presumably homemade. Crimean Tatar baklava is...

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  • Tatar food

    In front of Khans'palace you can find women selling Tatar pastrie like Chebureky (cheese or meat stuffed pastrie) and sheker keyeks (sweet) We loved cheese stuffed khaja puri (georgian bread)

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Bakhchysaray Transportation

  • To Khan's Palace/Chufut Kale from the...

    From the bus station we got directly on a #2 marshrutky (1.5 uah) to get to the Khan's Palace. It was fairly evident when we saw the Khan's Palace with it's minarets that we needed to get off but if you ask the driver he will tell you when you are there.After we were done visiting Khan's Palace, we got on another #2 marshrutky going in the same...

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  • By bus from Balaklava

    Our location in Balaklava added a bit of time to the journey, we had to take marshrutka #9 to 5km (2 uah), then another bus or marshrutka #17 or #20 (1.5 uah) to the Sevastopol bus station and then another marshrutka to Bakhchysary (12.02 uah). You buy your tickets for the marshrutka from the driver, most of the time paying when you exit the van....

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  • Bus from Simferopol

    Busses are going to Bakchysaray every 10 minutes from Simferopol. You can get there by bus from the trainstation of Simferopol, but better is to take a bus from the busstation. It will take 30 minutes and costs 6 UAH.

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Bakhchysaray Warnings and Dangers

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    by Dabs Written Jul 6, 2009

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    The path up to Chufut-Kale wasn't well marked nor did our guidebook's instructions help all that much. The 1st photo shows the 1st place we wondered if we were supposed to go through the gate or keep on the path (you keep on the path), the 2nd photo shows the tin structure that looks like an entrance but is not and the 3rd photo shows the actual entrance, when you see the tin structure you go away from it and continue going up. Be sure to know the cyrillic spelling of Chufut-Kale, I did see it on a couple of signs on the way up.

    This isn't the entrance Nope, this isn't the entrance either Now you've found it, now fork over your money

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Bakhchysaray Off The Beaten Path

  • Bakhchisarai Sphinxes

    Bakhchisarai Sphinxes - stone sculptures created by winds up to 20 meters - are located on the outskirts of Bakhchisarai on the right bank of the river Tchuruk-Su. Here you can:- Admire the outlines of the rocks,- Try to climb onto one of them,- Collect herbarium fragrant herbs of the Crimean,- Enjoy the views on Bakhchisarai, which here is seen...

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  • Eski Kermen

    Eski Kermen - one of the famous cave cities of Crimea. 600 years ago the city belonged to the Byzantine principality of Theodoro, whose capital was located nearby in Mangup-Calais. Eski Kermen is located atop one of the mesas (flat-topped mountains), normal for this part of Crimea, and is famous for its more than 300 caves. Of course, the...

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