The largest rivers – the Alma, the Belbek and the Black. the River Alma the River Belbek
Greek colonization of the Peninsula began in the 6th century B.C. They built city- states: Panticapaeum, Feodosia, Kerkinitida, Hersonissos and Tiritaka.
In the summer of 1475 the Ottoman Turks landed in Crimea. In 1478, the Crimean khanate became a protectorate of the Ottoman Empire. Since the end of XV century the Crimean Khanate carried out regular raids on Russian state and Poland. The main purpose of the raids was to capture slaves and their resale to the Turkish markets.
The Russo-Turkish wars were a series of wars fought between the Russian Empire and the Ottoman Empire between the 16th and 20th centuries. It was one of the longest series of conflicts in European history. In total, 11 Russia-Turkish wars cover a period 241 year.
The Black sea fleet of the Russia created after the joining of Crimea. The Russo-Turkish war of years, marked the end of Ottoman domination in Crimea.
During the Russian Civil War, Crimea was controlled by the White Army. After they were defeated by the Red Army, Crimea became part of the Soviet Union in In the Second World War the peninsula was occupied by Nazi Germany for several years. In 1954, it was transferred to the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic within the Soviet Union. In 1991, it became part of independent Ukraine.
Southern coast of Crimea is one of the most important and popular resort areas in former USSR includes the cities-resorts Alupka, Yalta, Alushta, Sudak and the numerous settlements.
Dacha of Gorbachev in Foros - in the USSR state dacha 11, where Mikhail Gorbachev put under house arrest in 1991.
According to the population of Crimea occupies the 26th place among subjects of the Russian Federation. Russian – 60 %, Ukrainians – 25 %, Crimean Tatars -10%. Bakhchysarai is the former capital of the Crimean Khanate.
The honorary title «City-Hero» was established on May 8, In 1973 Kerch was awarded the title «City-Hero».
In 1954 Sevastopol was awarded the order of the Red Banner, in 1965 the city was awarded the title hero City, and in 1983 was awarded the Order of October Revolution.
March 18, 2014 Crimea (including the city of Sevastopol) joined to the Russian Federation.
In the north Crimea is connected to the mainland by a narrow (8 km) Perecop isthmus.
Crimean mountains stretch from west to east for 180 km, their width km.
Livadia Palace was a summer residence of the last Russian tsar, Nicholas II. The Yalta Conference was held there in 1945, when the palace housed Franklin Delano Roosevelt and other members of the American delegation. Today the palace is a museum, but it is sometimes used for international summits.
Yalta Conference in February 1945 with (from left to right) Winston Churchill, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Joseph Stalin.
Massandra Palace of Alexander III is located in Upper Massandra.
Vorontsov Palace is one of the jewels of the Crimea. The Palace was built as the Crimean residence of the Governor-General of the Novorossiysk territory of count Mikhail Vorontsov.
The Swallow's Nest is a decorative castle located at Gaspra, a small town between Yalta and Alupka. It was built between 1911 and 1912, on top of the 40-metre high Aurora Cliff by the Russian architect Leonid Sherwood for the Baltic German oil millionaire Baron von Steingel.
In 1987 on the territory of the Swallow's nest Stanislav Govorukhin shoot the famous Soviet thriller film based on the novel by English writer Agatha Christie - «Ten black kids».
Nikitsky Botanical Garden is one of the oldest botanical garden. It was founded in 1812 and named after the settlement Nikita.
«Massandra» is one of the largest enterprises of high-quality wines. Collection wines of Massandra (about one million bottles) is the largest in the world and is registered in 1998 in the Guinness Book of records. In Massandra the first wine was made in 1898.
The Crimea is one of the most picturesque peninsulas, where in Soviet times many film directors loved to shoot their films. The film «Scarlet sails» was filmed in 1961 year on the novel by Alexander Grin. «The headless horseman» - the film 1973 year based on the novel of Mayne Reid. «Ordinary miracle» - a film in 1964 on the play by Eugene Schwartz. «Blue bird» - the Soviet-American film-tale, «Magic lamp of Aladdin» - film 1966 year based on the fairy tale «Aladdin and the magic lamp» from the collection «The Thousand and one nights». «Ivan Vasilyevich changes his profession» - film 1973 year based on a play by Mikhail Bulgakov «Ivan Vasilievich».
«Prisoner of the Caucasus, or the New adventures of Shurik» - film 1966 year. Director - Leonid Gaidai. «Zemlya of Sannikov» - a film made in «Amphibian man» - film 1961, the year based on the novel by Alexander Belyaev. «Ten little Indians» - film of 1987, directed by Stanislav Govorukhin. «AssA» film, 1987, Director Sergei Solovyov. «Sportloto-82» is a 1982 film directed by Leonid Gaidai. «Pirates of the XX century» - film of 1979, directed by Boris Durov.