Welcome to Kerch

Village-like and shabby, Kerch is in fact Crimea's oldest city. As the ancient Greek colony of Panticapaeum it was the capital of the Bosporan Kingdom from the 5th to 2nd centuries BC. It used to have a strong Italian community until WWII, but that community left with the retreating Axis troops. Today Kerch is a mecca for archaeologists, who arrive in droves each year hoping to unearth Greek and Scythian treasures.

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