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For several decades Sevastopol was closed either for tourists or for locals as a guarded base for the Russian Navy. It was only after the break up of the Soviet Union that civilians were allowed to visit the city without prior government approval. Sevastopol is now the second biggest Crimean city and readily welcomes all visitors to enjoy its unique history. The city began with the foundation of a Greek colony, Chersonesus in 422 BC. Since then the city has played a key part in the development of Crimea, the Russian Empire, and Ukraine. In fact, Sevastopol is known as the cradle of Russian Christianity since it was the place where Prince Vladimir adopted Christianity. Most of the city’s history is linked to its military glory, the very name Sevastopol translated from Greek means «magnificent, glorious». The name is certainly justified as the city has survived two prolonged attacks: one during the Crimean War of 1854-1855 and the other during World War II. The city was twice destroyed and twice rose from the ashes.