Welcome to Yevpatoriya
Of all Crimean towns, underrated Yevpatoriya is the only one that has preserved an Ottoman-era medina in its centre, filled with traces of the ethnic and religious groups that once inhabited it. At the time when the peninsula was controlled by the Crimean Tatars and the Turks, it was the largest centre where slave traders exchanged Slavs captured in the north for goods from Europe and the Orient. It was repeatedly raided by Zaporizhzhya Cossacks, who robbed it of all goods, with the noble excuse of freeing Christian slaves. Left intact despite decades of Communism, the medina contains Muslim, Christian and – most intriguingly – Karaite Jewish places of worship. The rest of the town is a dense grid of sanatoria, built in the Soviet period when the town was proclaimed the USSR's main resort for children.
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