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Crimean War History

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Duration: 8 hours

Walking: moderate

 

Venues visited: Alma Memorial, Inkerman, Reconciliation Monument, Balaclava Harbour, Sapoune Ridge, Panorama Museum

 

Start the tour with an hour's drive to the valley of the Alma River to view the site of the first battle of the Crimean campaign. Return to the vicinity of Sevastopol - Inkerman, the site of the dramatic event, known as the ‘Soldiers' Battle.

Drive to the Monument of Reconciliation of the countries-participants in the war, and climb a small hill to listen to the site talk and observe both Northern and Southern parts of Balaclava Valley, that saw dramatic battles in 1854-1856. Then coach takes you to Balaclava Harbour. The first in the Crimean War (and in history) professional military hospital was arranged in Balaclava and was headed by Florence Nightingale. Balaclava restaurant located in the harbour welcomes you for lunch.

Continue to the Sapoune Ridge or Raglan’s viewpoint, from which Commander-in-Chief of the British Army Lord Raglan watched the vainglorious disaster unfold before him during the Balaclava battle on the 25th of October, 1854. Known as the Charge of Light Brigade, immortalized by Tennison, it can be clearly imagined and understood from the observation platform on the ridge.

Drive to Panorama Museum. Panorama is a historical museum, which was opened in 1905 on the 50-th anniversary of the defense of Sevastopol in the Crimean War. The museum houses a magnificent (115 meters long, 14 meters high) canvas by the famous Russian battle artist F. Roubaud, and is the best example of the national art of panoramic painting. The picture depicts the first main assault of Sevastopol on the 18th of June 1855. The circular canvas merges into the 900 sq. m. relief model. You will rise on the observation platform in the middle of the hall and find yourself more than 150 years back on top of Malakhov Hill during one of the fiercest and decisive battles of the Crimean war.

 

 

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