Archives for category: crimea

Crimean Tatars Not Welcome In Crimea Any More?

Found this picture today… It fully describes how Crimean Tatars feel right now. Especially the elderly people.

Advertisements

Going to the next special and very beautiful place in Crimea, I would like to start by telling you guys a bit about Bakhchisaray.  The city was the old capital of Crimea and Crimean Tatars. And since I am Crimean Tatar (just google it), of course I feel like history of my nation is very close to me and particularly interesting. Although my great grandparents were from Yalta, I have this weird and strong deja vu about certain things and places in Bakhchisaray. So If you are looking for beautiful architecture, history and unique nature, definitely visit this lovely city.

IMG_4493

The Crimean Khan’s palace is now a museam of history and arts of Crimean Tatars.

1344936779_dvorec-han-saray-1 на-площади-дворца-хан-сарай

IMG_4492

The most beautiful cemetery I have ever seen in my entire life is an ancient Karaite cemetery Balta Tiymez ( from Crimean Tatar ‘axe will not touch’). Karaites are amongst the native population of Crimea, their language is very similar to Crimean Tatar but the writing is Hebrew. Balta Tiymez has burials that date back to the 1st cent. BC, but you can also find more contemporary ones – from the 20th century. Overall this cemetery has approximately 10000 gravestones! Unfortunately, the cemetery was violated during the USSR period. After the Russian Revolution everything went from head to toes. So Balta Tiymez, like many other ancient graveyards suffered – brutal Bolsheviks would dig out the bodies looking for valuable jewellery. But unlike Karaite cemeteries many Crimean Tatar graveyards were not only violated, but distroyed. The reason –  after Crimean Tatar deportation to remote discricts of Uzbekistan and Syberia in 1944, USSR authorities tried to completely erase their presence n Crimea. Even the names of cities, villages, etc. were changed.

What I adore about Balta Tiymez is that unexpectadly it’s not very popular with tourists and since it’s located in the middle of the forest, the silence is magnificent there. I mean I personally feel very calm have an emotional boost when I am there because you just start thinking about life, so many people lying there, everyone had his own stories and secrets. A very sacramental place. Luckily it can be easily found. Looking through the pictures of it on the Internet, I realised that yes the ancient Karaite cemetery looks beautiful in the sunshine, but when it’s misty and rainy, it’s absolutely majestic. So if you are kinda of person, who likes silence, nature and reflection, you won’t regret visitting Balta Tiymez!

IMG_4491

After walking alot that day I needed some coffee So my aunt and I found a cute little coffee shop, which I fell in love with instantly! It looks just like an old Crimean Tatar home. It’s very traditional, everything there was very old and absolutely charming. I felt like I was travelling in a time machine!

This is another thing that I love about Bakhchisaray – all the restaurants and cafes, markets, streets, houses, museums have preserved this old Crimean Tatar vibe.

x

Adile

As you guys have already guessed from the title, this post has nothing to do with makeup, fashion and other stuff I mostly write about. Instead, it is about my recent trip to beautiful Livadia Palace.

Image

Image

Crimean peninsula is a beautiful place in the south of Ukraine. I love it during Spring and Summer time. Crimea has many special places, that tourists like to visit. For me these places are Bakhchisarai, with it’s charming pre-revolutionary streets, old Crimean Tatar houses and mountains, and, of course, Yalta. In fact, when most people think about Crimea, they think about Yalta. This unique place not only has a different from the whole peninsula climate, beautiful nature, but also witnessed so many historical events.

Livadia Palace in Yalta is a wonderful place with green parks, fresh air and beautiful architecture. In the beginning of the 20th century it used to be the Summer residence of the Romanoff (Romanov) family. Tsar Nicholas 2, his wife and five children loved the place and truly enjoyed coming here. Indeed, the moment you enter this place, you feel it’s soul and tragedy, it’s not like some ‘frozen’ and stiff palaces, it’s a true home.

Image

Image

Image

You can see letters N and A for Nicholas and Alexandra, his wife, on the well.

ImageImage

This is how the last Russian tsar’s office looked, you can see a couple of his letters and documents on the table.

Image

We can still witness the tableware the royal family used.

Image

How touching- this photo has probably been a present from the children, as it says ‘Mom’ and “Dad’ on it.

After visitting this lovely place you start feeling how down-to-earth the Romanoff family was. Unfortunately, they have all been cruelly murdered by Russian Communists Bolsheviks in 1918, the eldest of five children Grand Duchess Olga was only 22 at that time, the youngest Prince Alexei – 13. The last Russian Emperor and his family have been shot to death by Soviet soldiers.

I am taking particular interest in the Romanoff family, hence my excitement about Livadia Palace. There are a couple of good movies about the last Russian tsar and tsarina – ‘The Assassin of the Tsar’, ‘Last Days of the Last Tsar’, ‘Rasputin: Dark Servant of Destiny’, ‘Russian Ark’ and ‘The Romanovs: an Imperial Family’. I also enjoy lookig through their pictures, they seem so close, a true family.

Image

x

Adile