Have an account? Login | New to Lomography? Register | Lab | Current Site:

Genoese Fortress

You want everybody to see it, to come close to their walls of rough gray lime-stone, to go through the gates protected by two powerful towers, to see the empty hill which hides the ruins of beautiful trade and handicraft city, to come up to the Consul Castle and than by steep path go up to the Krepostnaya Mountain to the lonely Dozornaya tower (it is also called Devichya covered with romantic legends).

You want everybody to see it, to come close to their walls of rough grey lime-stone, to go through the gates protected by two powerful towers, to see the empty hill which hides the ruins of beautiful trade and handicraft city, to come up to the Consul Castle and than by steep path go up to the Krepostnaya Mountain to the lonely Dozornaya tower (it is also called Devichya covered with romantic legends).

Its vertiginous location is one of the major appeals of Sudak’s Genoese Fortress. This once impregnable complex is perched on a massive seaside cliff and in true Ukrainian fashion you’re allowed to clamber all over it, at times perhaps unsafely.

Built during the 14th and 15th centuries, the fortress still cuts a magnificent silhouette. The remains of its crenelated walls (6m high and 2m thick) extend for 2km, encircling more than 30 hectares of dry sloping terrain.

To reach this spot is quite easy. There is only one central road in town and all the local buses (there are not much of them) stop there. Entrance fee is about $4-5 I suppose. It’s difficult to say what is the best time to see it although summer is a hot season. If you feel fit and brave enough to clamber all over the fortress do it as the view from the top is fantastic. But be careful, it’s very dangerous.

written by louvetau

No comments yet, be the first

Where is this?

Nearby popular photos – see more