Attractions

Top Choice Historic Site in Bakhchysaray

Chufut-Kale

Rising 200m, this long and bluff plateau houses a honeycomb of caves and structures where people took refuge for centuries. It's wonderful to explore, especially (gingerly) the burial chambers and casemates with lar…
Top Choice Palace in Bakhchysaray

Khans' Palace

When she was busy ordering the mass destruction of Bakhchysaray's mosques in the 18th and early 19th centuries, Catherine the Great spared the Khans' Palace. Her decision was reportedly based on the building being '…
Crafts Workshop in Bakhchysaray

Usta

Ten years ago Crimean Tatar handicrafts were on the verge of extinction, but Ayshe Osmanova resolved to rescue her people's culture from the precipice. Retrieving old manuals from the Khans' Palace, she taught herse…
Historic Site in Bakhchysaray

Devlet-Saray

The site where Crimean Tatar khans originally settled in Bakhchysaray now consists of a modest museum, ruins of a public bath, a mausoleum where 18 members of the khan dynasty were buried, and the main highlight – Z…
Cemetery in Bakhchysaray

Iosofatova Valley

The forested Iosofatova Valley beneath the Chufut-Kale plateau hides a breathtaking and spooky sight. Thousands of moss-covered gravestones covered in Hebrew script stand, lie upturned or lean at precarious angles i…
Monastery in Bakhchysaray

Uspensky Monastery

Stop for a moment and say 'aah!' at possibly the cutest little church in a country absolutely jam-packed with them. Part of the small Uspensky Monastery, the gold-domed church has been built into the limestone rock …