Eski Kermen is the medieval city-stronghold in the Crimea. This name means “an old fortress” in the Tatar language. Eski Kermen was founded in the VIth century as a Byzantine stronghold and had existed till the end of the XIVth century. As it was not so big and important those times no significant events or historical facts remained.
But from the Xth century the town and naturally its importance began to grow. The prosperity of Eski Kermen is related to the XII-XIIIth centuries, when the town popularity was more than 3,000 people. In 1299 the stronghold was destroyed and ravaged by Mongols. Since that time it hasn’t restored its significance.
Mountains have gentle slopes with beautiful peach orchards.
This is the well-remained road leading to the main city gates, dungeons and guards room.
Russians have shot here some interesting films about wars.
Rocky half destroyed apartments.
How they look in the Russian film “The 9th company”.
These are guards rooms with benches and little windows. Caves are dug up mechanically.
The way to the city.
By the end of Ð¥-Ð¥IIIth centuries Eski Kermen became a little town with square quarters, temples on and under the ground.
The former big temple.
Prayer books, burial vaults, icons, candles and other elements of medieval churches.
A monastic cell with fantastic acoustics.