Kerch Travel Guide

  • Obelisk of Glory on Mount Mithradates
    Obelisk of Glory on Mount Mithradates
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  • Yenikale fortress. Built by the Turks in the 18th
    Yenikale fortress. Built by the Turks in...
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  • Gryphon - the city protector, or no more???
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Kerch Transportation

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    Lada days not over...

    by Yiannis2000 Written Aug 4, 2006

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    ... be prepared to pay up to 20 Hrv(3,5 euro) but avoid drivers that ask for more!
    A 20 min trip to beaches or Yenikale should not cost more than 30 (HRV).
    As comparison, the local minibusses will take you there, or anywhere around Kerch, for 1 Hrv (20 c.).
    Older driver tend to be less reasonable in pricing.

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    by Yiannis2000 Written Aug 2, 2006

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    Choose bus than train for any of your travel needs. For long distance travel take the bus to Simferopol and then continue with other means of transportation

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Kerch Shopping

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    Central food market hall

    by Yiannis2000 Written Aug 4, 2006

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    Kerch is a provincial center that also caters for the many Russian tourists in summertime, so there are many "modern" shops in the coblestone pedestrian streets in the city center. The main shopping activities of the locals are, however, concentrated at the huge open markets adjoining the central bus station of the town. Just cross the small channel that runs parallel to the station and you ll enter the popular market area where several market halls with food and all sorts of commodities are on sale; all properly hygienic and quite safe on daytime!
    Be prepared to negotiate abit for a better price, no problem if you do not speak any Russian, it can waork anyway!

    What to buy: All sorts of food, electronics, clothes, photo equipment, soviet tools!

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Kerch Local Customs

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    by Samarina Written Oct 4, 2002

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    Word 'Panticapei' of the not Greek genesis - on the north-Iranian adverb it means ' a fish path '. Such title occured for skiffs. Was for cities and only Greek name: 'Bosporos', on a title of a channel. In transfer it - ' the Cow ford ', that the Hero in the cow is connected to the Greek myths about wanderings the daughter Argosse of king IO, turned into wife Zevs. Kerch a channel = Bospor Cimmeria.

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Kerch Off The Beaten Path

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    by Listig Written Feb 25, 2003

    Built in 1703 by the Turks with the help of French engineers. The only monument of military-defense architecture in Ukraine reflecting the superior level of Western European fortifications construction.

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    by Listig Written Feb 25, 2003

    8th-14th cent., structures added in the 19th cent. The oldest part of the church is built in the Byzantine style. Original frescoes have been preserved. Restored in 1980. Since 1960 it has housed the gemological exhibit of the Kerchensky Historical-Archaeological Museum.

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    by Yiannis2000 Written Aug 4, 2006

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    Favorite thing: Located at the bottom of the Mithridates hill stairs, this small tomb is emptied from all original frescoes and gravial artifacts, most sent to St. Petersburg I think, but copies are on display. Staff speaks no English, there is a charming young girl at the adjoining Gallery that could assist you.

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    by Yiannis2000 Written Aug 4, 2006

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    Favorite thing: When you eventually climb the Mithridates hill, enjoy the superb views of the city and the Kerch bay, but I propose that u walk down past the Panticapaeum Acropolis that is located NE of the (ugly) monument on top of the hill.
    Then choose any of the small street that wind down to the city centre, this way u ll get another feeling of the town and the way normal people spend their daily lives...

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    by Samarina Written Oct 4, 2002

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    Fondest memory: The forerunners of ancient Greeks were skiffs, which one on a boundary VIII-VII centuries up to AD have pressed Cimmerian - tribes of epoch of late bronze. The Father of history Gerodot, dwelling in V up to AD mentions this country as Cimmeria.

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