Demerdzhi is a mountain range in the Crimean district of Alushta. This region boasts amazing views onto the Chatyr-Dag mountains. On the South Demerdzhi you can see a series of rock formations, called the Valley of Ghosts.
The Holy Dormition Cave Monastery in Bakhchisaray. According to some sources, the monastery was founded by Byzantine monks in the 8th century. Other sources claim that it was built in the 15th century. However, it is known that from the 15th to the 18th century the monastery was the main bastion of religious life for the Orthodox population of Crimea.
Near the Holy Dormition Monastery is a medieval fortress-town built in caves, called Chufut-Kale. Karaites began settling here in the 14th century, and, according to historians, they accounted for the greater part of the city's population by the time the Crimean Khanate was formed. Not far from the city there is an ancient Karaite cemetery, which is known as one of the darkest, but still attractive places on the peninsula.
A street in Chufut-Kale.
Koyashskoe Lake in the Opuksky Nature Reserve, found in the Leninsky district of Crimea. The algae growing in the lake gives it a unique pink color.
The Tarkhankut peninsula, one of the most beautiful places on the western coast of the Crimea, has proven to be a perfect spot for diving, windsurfing, kiting and other extreme sports. Every summer, Tarkhankut hosts the Extreme Crimea festival.
"Alley of Leaders", an underwater museum of sculptures on Tarkhankut. Located a hundred metres from the shore of the Bolshoi Atlesh nature reserve, at a depth of 12-13 metres. The two "halls" of the museum are separated by an underwater arch. In one you can see the leaders of the October Revolution, the other is filled with classic figures of literature and art. The displays are added to year on year.
Karaite kenesas (synagogues) in Evpatoria, a vinyard. The Large and Small kenesa of the complex were built at the beginning of the 19th century by Samuel and Solomon Babowicz. Since 1837, kenesas have served as the spiritual centre for the Karaites of Russia.
Svyato-Klimentovsky Cave Monastery (in Inkerman, Sevastopol) is one of the oldest cave monasteries in Crimea. The main sections are carved into the western cliff of the Monastery rock, on the plateau of which the ruins of the Kalamata, a medieval fortress which was founded in the 6th century, are preserved. It is unknown when exactly the monastery was founded, but historians suggest that it happened between 8th-9th and 14th-15th centuries. According to the legend, the appearance of the monastery is associated with the veneration of the Pope of Rome Clement, exiled by the emperor Trajan, for preaching Christianity to the quarry near Chersonesos. Clement was killed by drowning here on the secret order of the emperor in 101AD.
The Konstantinov battery is the first and most famous fortification built in Sevastopol after Crimea became part of the Russian Empire. The battery, located in the Sevastopol bay, blocked the entrance to almost all enemy ships which attempted to approach the peninsula.
The Swallow's Nest, Livadia Palace, Chersonese, Ai-Petri and Nikitsky Botanical Garden – these Crimean sights are known well beyond the peninsula. They are the first places which visiting tourists hear about when they arrive. At the same time, there are places on the peninsula that are equally deserving of attention, but which are not so popular. Lenta.ru chose some must-see points on the map of Crimea which deserve some love.