Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Sevastopol - Crimea- UKRAINE

Today I had a nice surprise in my mailbox, not one but three cards from Crimea in Ukraine. This two are from Sevastopol (I confess I only knew this name from old World War II books and movies), one showing the ruins of the castle Chembalo (Balaklava) and the other of the famous Eagle Column that commemorates Russian ships deliberately scuppered at the mouth of the harbour in 1854 to make it impossible for enemy ships to pass - thank you very much Valya, I really like them and I'm now very curious about Crimea, it seems a wonderful place for a summer trip.This postcards took 8 days to arrive!

Castle Chembalo - Sevastopol - UKRAINE
Eagle Column - Sevastopol - UKRAINE

Sevastopol is an important and historical port on the Black Sea. Founded in 1783 as the base of the Black Sea Navy of Russia, it was besieged by the British in the Crimean War. In the 20th century it was the home port of the Soviet Navy's Black Sea Fleet, and the city retains a significant Russian naval presence. The unique geographic location and navigation conditions of the city's harbours make Sevastopol a strategically important naval point. It is also a popular seaside resort and tourist destination, mainly for visitors from the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) countries.

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