The first monument installed in Simferopol’ - the Obelisk in honor of general Vasily Dolgoruky. He would not have any chances not only of generalship, but even on an officer grade. His family was in disgrace after intrigues. Grenadier Dolgoruky in 14 years got to the Crimea for the first time. He was the first who ascended on Perekop shaft which was defended by furious janizaryes! The award for it had been appointed in advance - an officer grade. In 1771 during Russian-Turkish war Russian army seized Turkish strengthenings and the whole Crimea.
The obelisk was installed in the city by the grandson of the general.
The diabase obelisk of 18-meter height was built in 1842 under the project of Streihenberg on a place where the staff of the Russian army was located when they exempted the Crimea from Turks in 1771. It towers on a two-story pedestal in which the plates executed by Vakhrushev were built in. There is the portrait of V.M.Dolgoruky and also his patrimonial arms and the text devoted to him. A step socle has a metal circuit on stone columns near which guns of XVIII century are driven.
The building of the Supreme Rada of Autonomous republic Crimea is the most grandiose building in Simferopol’. It was constructed in Soviet times with corresponding scope. The communist and soviey authrities occupied this building that time. Now the Crimean Parlament is sitting there.
Political passions often boil now in front of this building. Therefore this building flashes in TV reportings from Simferopol’ more often. People protest here against NATO, for giving to the Russian language of the status of the state language. Pro and contra returnings of grounds to Tatars etc...
The first general plan of the city was approved by the Russian Emperor Nikolay I in 1842. The historical city centre is between the railway station and the street of Kirov. It is necessary to pass by Lenin's parkway, Charles Marx's street and Pushkin's foot-walking street to reach the center from the railway station. Names of streets were kept since Soviet times.
The city centre is, undoubtedly, the street of Pushkin, something like a local Broadway.
The foot-walking street while has not so presentable appearance. However efforts of local authorities on reconstruction of the city centre are appreciable. We saw some facades of old buildings with which regenerative works are conducted.
The building of the railway station is one of the most beautiful buildings in Simferopol. The architecture of this building has characteristic southern type which you will not meet in other buildings of railway-stations of the former USSR. It was build in Stalin's time. There was a tradition to build public buildings with greater scope!
There is almost precisely the same building of the railway station in Sochi (in the Caucasus). They were possibly constructed in one standard project. Both these buildings were the face of the Soviet south for millions Soviet citizens who began their summer holiday in the Soviet south, having passed through an arch of this building.
There are two waiting rooms in the building of railway-station, one of which is paid. There is a left-luggage office and phone.
A plain Tatar house was bought in 1784 for the first Christian church in Simferopol’. Having visited church, the Russian impress Ekaterina II remained dissatisfied with its poverty and ordered to construct the Cathedral. The first Cathedral was build in 1823-1830. It stood in the center of Simferopol' almost 100 years...
In 1930th the Cathedral was blown up by communists. The T-34 tank was installed on this place in honor of the liberation of the city from fascists by the Soviet army. The garden of the Victory was formed on the square. Now the Cathedral is restored on its former place near the tank.
This is one of the oldest buildings in the city. It is located in the Old Town quarter Ak-Mechet. This Tatar mosque is untypical because it's made of white chalk stone. Originally built in 1502, they started rebuilding it from ruins in 1993. Nowadays it's fully working mosque.
The Art Museum in Simferopol consists of two exhibitions. One is of local art and is permanent. The other is changed every month or so. While I was there the exhibit happened to be of Chinese art. If you go during the off-season in the mornings, you may get to see the babushkas turning the lights on and off as you enter and leave the rooms to conserve electricity. Photography is forbidden inside the museum.
In the Kid's Park (Detskij Park) you can find a lot of locals relaxing and strolling with their young ones. Near the center of the park they do have some small rides for the kids and there's even an aquarium, but with all popular parks in Ukraine, strolling is the thing to do.
Lenin square is situated directly downtown on the main thoroughfare Kirov prospekt. The locals consider this spot to be the best place to meet up with someone downtown if you're arriving separately. As a side comment, due to the Crimea being a primarily Russian-speaking place (as opposed to the rest of Ukraine where Ukrainian is becoming the standard), I don't think they'll be getting rid of this guy's statue anytime soon.
If you've got some spare time on the weekend in the afternoon, head on downtown and take up a park bench near the ZAGS office to see the parade of wedding parties coming to get registered. Marriage ceremonies are a bit different here from back in the States. Instead of putting all the efforts into a church ceremony (although some do this first), the big part of the wedding is when a small caravan of vehicles honks their way through town to come to the governmental ZAGS office and register their marriage.
Visiting the Regional Museum of Local Lore where you can find informative exhibits about the Crimean nature.
There is also a historical section containing some archeological exhibits.
Archelogists have found the ruins of the ancient Scythian city that was known from Greek sources as Scythian Neapolis.
These ruins lie on the city’s southeastern outskirts now.
The Black Sea, and Crimea especially, is one of the most popular places for summer holidays for most of people from Russia. Its fame is deserved. Cheap fruit, picturesque nature and... the sea, of course! Now much cleaner than it was, too. Last years brought better hotles as well. They are still not to be compared to European/African 5-star resorts, but the region is developing...
The art museum located in old building that used to be Officers’ meeting house of Lithuanian regiment #51.The museum boasts of its big collection of 6000 pictures .The most impressive is Christian art, which contains mostly of icons and religious pictures, statues. German and Dutch collection that was taken from Germany after the WWII is very impressive too. Te art museum is small and pictures are not in a best condition ,some are really need restoration and in deplorable condition, I believe, because of poor finical support from government.
Museum doesn’t work on Mondays
K Lubhkenta street 37 phone 275404
Summer House of Vrontsov
In Silgirka or Tavricheskiy park thereis a summer house of Vorontsov,it looks very classical from outside but was luxurious inside at the times of Vorontsov.He bought it from Narishkina in 1834 ,and stayed here when he visited Simferopol.In 1837 one of Vorontsovs guests was tsar Nicholas II. Nowadays on the territory of estate a beautiful botanical garden is laid out , in a middle of which you can find a stone sun clock. The area belongs to the Tavricheskiy University
Alupka was summer residence for one of the most influential families of Russian Empire - the Vorontsov counts. There's still their palace present. A place well worth a visit, with luxurious furniture as exhibits, copies of well-known statues and huge gardens.