Cave Town Of The Past

Cave Town Of The Past

Ruins of the Medieval Kalamita fortress is one of the most interesting and absorbing places in the Crimea. Let’s have a tour over stone remains of the past might and then get inside the Kalamita caves.

The unique thing about the fortress is that it is situated on a rock plateau which used to be a monastery with numerous hollowed out cells. The first fortifications were constructed in the 6 – 7 centuries and, taking into consideration the height of the rock, it was not so easy to seize.

Cave Town Of The Past

The main entrance of the fortress.

Cave Town Of The Past

Ruins of the main tower. View from the inside.

Cave Town Of The Past

At a distance one can see a bay with modern port facilities.

Cave Town Of The Past

Stairs from the casemate to the main tower.

Cave Town Of The Past

The moat and one of the towers. The moat is quite deep – up to 3 meters in some places. On the picture one can clearly see casemates from which the defenders used to shoot the feet of attackers. Later the Turkish invaders turned casemates into burying places.

Cave Town Of The Past

Piece of a tombstone.

Cave Town Of The Past

Behind this wall were stone quarries. At a distance there is already a modern quarry.

Cave Town Of The Past

A cross in the place of former settlement. One can see the quarries a bit farther.

Cave Town Of The Past

These are the very stone quarries, St. Clement is believed to have worked here.

Cave Town Of The Past

Behind the quarries there is a steep, not so easy to climb, which was a natural defence from this side.

Cave Town Of The Past

The very steep.

Cave Town Of The Past

That is how the plateau looks like. One can notice cells where people used to live.

Cave Town Of The Past

Saying good bye to the Kalamita ruins.

Cave Town Of The Past

After the ruins it is very interesting to peep into the cave settlement. In the picture above one may see the view from a cave window.

Cave Town Of The Past

Entrance to one of the caves, the staircase was carved many centuries ago.

Cave Town Of The Past

View from the very corner of the rock. Picturesque views open from the spot.

Cave Town Of The Past

View from a half-destroyed cave window.

Cave Town Of The Past

Tree-room cave with a balcony.

Cave Town Of The Past

These rock paintings are reported to be made more that a thousand years ago.

Cave Town Of The Past

The years destroyed the ceiling of this cave.

Cave Town Of The Past

The rocks are full of caves once inhabited by people.

Cave Town Of The Past

Kalamita fortress used to be in this rock, however, there are also modern adits here.

Cave Town Of The Past

Window of such an adit, pants and T-shirts indicate that people live here.

Cave Town Of The Past

The entrance.

Cave Town Of The Past

In such adits people grow mostly champignons and oyster mushrooms. Pants and T-shirts probably belong to the people who live and work here.

Cave Town Of The Past

One may come across such cave for lovers.

Cave Town Of The Past

Marvellous still lake in an open pit, color of the water is amazing.

Location: Inkerman

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8 thoughts on “Cave Town Of The Past”

  1. Thanks for sharing this beautiful pics of stunningly gorgeous Crimea!

    Please post more pics of Crimea!

    Thanks!

    Valiant

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