Bagçesaray Palace of the Crimean Khans
Bagçesaray Palace of the Crimean Khans is part of the Tentative list of Ukraine in order to qualify for inclusion in the World Heritage List.
The Bagçesaray Palace was the main residence of the Crimean monarchs from the first half of the 16th century until the collapse of the Crimean Khanate in 1783. The architectural complex includes two mosques, representative halls, a harem, residential buildings of the khans and their retinue, auxiliary outbuildings, and several inner courtyards and gardens. The interiors represent various architectural and art styles of the Crimean Khanate in the 16th to 18th century.
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I took a bus from the Bakhchysarai train station to the Kahn's Palace.
The whole setting reminded me of the Topkapi Palace in Istanbul, although the palace design is somewhat different and is smaller.
A main difference is that there was a statue of Russian poet Pushkin who had visited this palace.
In the same surroundings there is a cliff monastery and Chufut-Kale, which is also part of this nomination. Chufut-Kale is basically a cave city, and I'm not sure how this cave city is related to another TWHS in Crimea called "Cultural Landscape of 'Cave Towns' of the Crimean Gothia."
John C. Lehr
This is an amazingly beautiful site with surviving buildings well preserved. Several buildings have rooms furnished in period style though mostly the rooms are empty. In my opinion it should be on the UNESCO World Heritage List on the grounds that it represents the architectural fusion of Middle Eastern and Tatar architecture. It is easily accessible from Sevastopol by road. Admission was not expensive.
2003 Added to Tentative List
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