Çufut Qale is an ancient cave city located in the Crimea, not far away from Bakhchisaray. People call it in many different ways - "Air City", "Forty Fortifications", "Jewish Fortress" and "Fortress of Valuables". Çufut Qale seems to be the only well-preserved example of
the medieval architecture of the Crimea. The fortress was built in the 14th century and over a long period of time a lot of different peoples lived there. Still, the city is mainly known as "Jewish" because of the Karaites, the followers of Judaism.
Lately, the reconstruction of the battle of the 30th of July, 1942 has been held in the Russian city of Kirovsk. On that terrible day the soldiers of the Workers' and Peasants' Red Army (RKKA) fought against the Wehrmacht under the support of the Luftwaffe and jaeger! During this
reconstruction a lot of people were "killed", several pieces of equipment (including the heavy one) were destroyed... In the end of the battle the soldiers of the RKKA were forced to storm their own positions!!! Many photos of this event are inside the post.
At the end of the XVIII century Empress Catherine II issued a decree to form the Ufa Mohammedan Spiritual Assembly of the Law, headed by the Mufti. Since then, Ufa became the center of Muslim Russia. In 1998 one of
the most unusual and beautiful mosques - Lala-Tulip was built in Ufa. Today we'll see it inside and outside, talk about this cultural and religious center, and see views from one of minarets.