A small valley nearby the Chufut Kale Cave Town has been serving a cemetery for the Karaite people starting from the 13th century. Biblical name of Josaphat has replaced the old one of Balta-Tiymez, which meant “untouchable by ax” and referred to oak trees which were sacred for Karaites and abundant in the valley. The ancient necropolis is a holly place for this small and beautiful Crimean nation. Not many tombstones are left nowadays, and the oak trees are too few to make the erstwhile grove. But it does not take anything away from the beauty and emotional intensity of the place.
Just a short note to thanks a lot for arrange our train tickets from Kiev to Simferopol May 17th! It all worked out so well for us, tickets waiting for us upon arrival to Radisson SAS Hotel in Kiev. It was a very long trip by train, but very interesting! Had a wonderful stay at Crimea, was all over the area, even we made it out to Balaklava and Sevastopol!
Had boat trips and visited everything worthwhile to see, included the top of "Ai-Petri! Even weather was nice all the time. We will be back in wonderful Ukraina, then we plan a cruise on the Dnjepr river from Kiev all the way to Yalta with stop in Odessa. Again thanks a lot from two Norwegians now very "devoted" to your country!