9 The Palace Of Tartar Khans

The Palace Of Tartar Khans


Would you like to have a rest from your city fuss and enjoy peace of some remote and magic place? Visit the Palace of Khan, the main historical sight of Bakhchisarai city, Ukraine.

The word ‘Bakhchisarai’ is translated from the Tartar language as ‘palace of gardens’. Local cedar cleans the air perfectly making breathing easy.

Several parts of the palace, small and big mosques, the cemetery, gardens and other premises are located on the territory of 4 hectares.

The Palace is a former residence of the Crimean khans and the only example of palace architecture that belong to the Crimean Tartars in the world. The khan residence used to be situated in a valley. But as time passed there was not enough space left in the palace. This made khans move to another place of residence.

Construction of the palace that used to occupy 18 hectares of land started in the beginning of the 16th century.

In 1736 Bakhchisarai was conquered by the Russian soldiers. Their leader ordered to burn the residence but make a complete description list of all constructions before.

When the Crimea became part of Russia the palace accommodated the Ministry of Internal Affairs.

Now the palace embraces a museum devoted to history and culture of the Crieman Tartars. The largest mosque in the Crimea was built in 1532. The Northern Gates and the Tower are on the left.

The ceiling of the big mosque.

9 khans, their relatives and servants are buried at the cemetery.

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9 Responses to “The Palace Of Tartar Khans”

  1. John says:

    Wow really nice architecture.

    • constantin says:

      classical turkish architecture. come and find hundreds of kiosques/residences at safranbolu(northern turkey, black sea cost)

  2. Jazzy says:

    Nice Post, I have a comments about the term “Bakhchisarai” in the old language of Tarars it means Royal Palace. like Bakhcha King, Sarai Home. so as a whole royal palace

  3. prince_c3 says:

    Nice pictures! great life of Khan’s and architecture once again destroyed by Russian Mobs.So sad they tried so hard to eradicate history still they exists.

    • ayaa says:

      Convenient as always to forget that these were the people that prior to Kulikova would have loved nothing better than to kill Russians, whose land s they had invaded. Also whose land these are built on.

  4. Fascinating photographs and a well written article.

  5. yojimbo says:

    Most of the design looks this way because geometric shapes where preferred by Islamic artists and architects because if you are strictly following the Muslim faith you can not create the image of a man(human)a more strict view on “no false idols” of course over time Muslim artists did draw humans but the architecture remained the same because the palace obviously represented the state which of course was Islamic.

  6. Archy Bunka says:

    Seventy rooms for the harem girls?
    It’s good to be the Khan…

  7. Akskl says:

    Henry Howorth “History of the Mongols – From the 9th to the 19th Century” Pt 2, The So-called Tartars of Russia and Central Asia, Division 1, Elibron Classics, @2005 Adamant Media Corporation, published in 1880 by Longmans, Green and Co, London

    p.67
    …The Oka was the great frontier river between the Tartars and their proteges, the Russians…

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