Crimean Underwater Museum of Soviet Statues

Underwater museum Crimea Tarhankut

At Cape Tarkhankut, the monuments of Vladimir Lenin and other Soviet leaders are standing under water at a depth of 15 meters. This place gives an experience of an altered perception of space and time. A visitor expects to see underwater statues as something familiar, a thing or an object that they would not even notice in ordinary life. However, they their experience there turned out to be very different.
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Experimental base for the use of solar energy

An experimental base for the use of solar energy, near Alushta, Crimea, completed in 1989. The building was equipped with a heating system that provided climate control thanks to the energy of the sun and also heated the water in the pool. The complex geometry of the buildings is the result of the need to create an inclined panel for installing heat collectors.
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How did Futurohouse end up in Crimea?

They were invented by the Finnish architect Matti Suuronen. In 1965, a former classmate asked him to design a ski lodge that could be installed almost anywhere and warm up quickly. Suuronen studied the issue and chose an unexpected shape - an ellipse, as well as materials that were new for those times: fiberglass and polyurethane. Well, after that seriously thought about making houses of a new type. And he did it!
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Crimea: Pearl of a Fallen Empire (National Geographic, 1994)

Yalta embankment

Catherine the Great, Empress of Russia, smiles at me and says that she loves Crimea. "In good hands, it could be the most amazing heavenly place." Oh, yes, of course, this expressive lady in expensive silks and velvet, with a crimson ribbon across her lush chest, is actually an actress dressed as an empress on the occasion of celebrations in honor of the founding of the port city of Sevastopol in 1783 (pronounced Seh-vas- toe-pol). But her feelings are close to what the historical Catherine felt two centuries ago. That Catherine said that Crimea is the most beautiful pearl in her crown. What is so great about this peninsula the size of Vermont [state in the US], jutting from mainland Ukraine into the Black Sea?
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Make Wine, Not War!

Crimean grape

The grape growing tradition had been brought to Crimea by the first Greek settlers who came to the peninsula in the 5th century B.C. Wine (especially when watered down) was a very important element of the Ancient diet since it helped digesting the food. The tradition of grape growing in Crimea died down after the 15th century Ottoman invasion. Once the peninsula was occupied by the Ottoman Empire, it became a part of the Muslim civilisation that prohibits wine production and drinking. However, this did not destroy the grape growing culture; only now, grape was used to make raisins.
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Crimea. First Ever Russian Health Resort

Crimea revealed a new way of life to the Russian Empire that, up to the beginning of the 19th century, was mainly a Northern civilisation with the capital located in the swamps of the Finnish Gulf. Consequently, many Russian people used to suffer from lung diseases; particularly, tuberculosis, the “plague” of the 19th century Russia. The construction of the Sevastopol railroad had allowed the Russians to come to the South not just for vacation purposes but also to improve their health. Prior to that, the Russian aristocracy preferred Italy or the South of France.
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