13 Picturesque Balaclava And Its Sights

Picturesque Balaclava And Its Sights

Posted on December 8, 2010 by team


Balaclava is a remote district of Sevastopol. Previously it was a closed town due to the underground submarine repairing and equipping factory which is now a museum. Today the town is opened and it is great, because Balaclava is an absolutely must-see place!

The name “Balaclava” itself can be translated as “a sack of fish”. It may be so, because the bay where the town is situated resembles a sack, and is very fish-baring. The bay is not very broad – about 300 meters, but it’s rather deep – up to 17 meters depth.

This is one of the local sights – the ruins of Genoese fortress dated 1357.

Exactly from this place  the most beautiful views of the bay can be seen.

The embankment.

Even dustbins are nice!

And now let’s drill down into the second sight of Balaclava, after the amazing views – the so called “Object 825-GTS”, former submarine repairing and equipping plant, situated underground. It’s total area is about 9600 square meters and it is so deep and well-built, that wouldn’t be damaged even by a straight nuclear strike! In 1994 it was closed and there was opened the museum.

The very exhibits are not as interesting as the whole atmosphere of an underground secret military object itself!

After the World War II, when the USSR and the USA were waging a nuclear arms race, Stalin ordered to find a place, where submarines could be based in order to strike back in case of nuclear attack. Balaclava was chosen not by chance – the narrow and twisting channel shelters the harbor both from gales and from the public eye.

The whole base could accommodate 14 submarines of different class and size.

Sea mines.

Location: Balaclava, Sevastopol, Ukraine

via horoshiyblog

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13 Responses to “Picturesque Balaclava And Its Sights”

  1. EnglishLewis says:

    Hey, I think I’m ‘first’ cos no other messages show up, but deep down i know my internet is broken and I’m 456th :(

  2. Archy Bunka says:

    Boris Badenov here.

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  3. Tito says:

    Archy bunka is proamerican b.tch

  4. Archy Bunka says:

    Nice tunnel. Why not turn it into a tunnel of love, you can put Lenin in there and sell tickets.

  5. google says:

    beautiful landscape, ruined by the underground war debris

  6. Traducer says:

    It may be worth looking up Balaklava on Wikipedia. This idyllic place started the black death plague in Europe mid 14th C and here was the famous British charge of the light brigade during the Crimean war. And of course here was the Balaklava hat made. :)

    I have been trying hard (and failing) to get to grips with 19th C history about the Crimea and Russia because this were the catalyst for the political situation that led to the 1st world war and the Russian revolution – the two biggest linked events that so radically formed the world we live in today.

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