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Kerch

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Kerch

Kerch peninsula, located between the Sea of Azov and the Black Sea, is known for its sunshine and warm sea. We invite you to be among the first to discover ancient Greek ruins, explore momentous Turkish fortresses, and witness one of the most historic and diverse places in the world. On the eastern extremity of the Crimean peninsula and the steep shores of the ancient Cimmerian Bosporus, as the Kerch Strait was once called, lies the oldest town of Ukraine: Kerch.

It is listed on the UNESCO «Eternal Cities of the World» list since it has always been alive with people and culture. Kerch is 26 centuries old and is a city of a huge variety of cultures and traditions. Most of the city’s history is linked with trade because of its position on the historically formed trading routes between Europe and Asia, the Great Silk Way. The city began with the foundation of the Greek colony, Panticapaeum, and dozens of settlements and necropolises. The Huns destroyed the Greek city in the 4th century, it became the center of a mighty Bosporus Kingdom in the 6th century and in the 15th century the Turks became to be the main political force. They built fortresses in Kerch and Yeni-Kale that can still be explored today. Kerch is fondly remembered for its heroic six-month stand against the Nazi forces during the World War II. There were many monuments erected after the war to celebrate this. There are also about 1,500 burial mounds resulting from the «eternal» history.