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Mangup-Kale

Mangup-Kale
Operation: year round
Location: Chelebi Street 1, Khodzha Sala
 
The largest cave town of the Crimea crowns a plateau of the mountain-outlier Mangup in the Bakhchisaray region. Having been already inhabited by the Scythian and Sarmatian tribes in the 3rd century, the difficult to access plateau of Mangup has become a capital of the Goths’ Princedom and turned into a big town which has outgrown the fortification walls. In the 13th century it has turned into a capital of the later Byzantine Principality of Theodoro, and the Ottoman fortress in the end of the Mangup glorious history. The latter has originated the current name of the cave town - Mangup-Kale, which means in Turkish the “defeated fortress”. The Karaite community has become the last settlers of the town and has abandoned it in the end of the 18th century. The intense history of the place, the breathtaking beauty of the scenic mountains and valleys, the picturesque ruins of the citadel make Mangup-Kale the most desirable cave town to visit on the peninsula.
 
 
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Just wanted to thank you for helping me in making my journey to the
Ukraine reality. My air-ticket was waiting for me at hotel George in Lvov. I just came back last night from my trip and it will take time to process all my impressions. As planned I visited Dnipropetrovsk, Charkiv and Kiev. They were all interesting in their own way, but Kiev is a real pearl.
In the summer it must be even more beautiful. I practiced my poor Russian and learned even better to read cyrillic letters. Not many people speak English or German, which for me personally is good, because I'm forced to make myself understood, trying to speak Russian. Travelling in winter is sometimes hard; dark, cold weather with freezing fingers and toes. Every season has it's charm and I enjoyed my stay very much. If you make an effort, people are very kind and helpful. I look forward to going again.
Again, thank you for making it possible.
Good health to all of you and the best in year 2004!

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Alex, Sweden

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