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 Palace Of Tartar Khans

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 Of Tartar Khans

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.

The Palace Of Tartar Khans

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

The Palace Of Tartar Khans

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.

The Palace Of Tartar Khans

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

The Palace Of Tartar Khans

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 Palace Of Tartar Khans

The ceiling of the big mosque.

The Palace Of Tartar Khans

The Palace Of Tartar Khans

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

The Palace Of Tartar Khans

The Palace Of Tartar Khans

The Palace Of Tartar Khans

The bathing room is the oldest building of the palace. It is divided into two parts which can be used by woman and men.

The Palace Of Tartar Khans

The bathing hall for men was used up to 1924.

The Palace Of Tartar Khans

The Palace Of Tartar Khans

At the times of Khans the Palace Square was covered with sand.

The Palace Of Tartar Khans

Persian Garden and Sokolinaya Tower.

The Palace Of Tartar Khans

You can visit the museum free of charge.

The Palace Of Tartar Khans

The Palace Of Tartar Khans

The Palace Of Tartar Khans

The Palace Of Tartar Khans

The Palace Of Tartar Khans

The Palace Of Tartar Khans

The Palace Of Tartar Khans

The Palace Of Tartar Khans

The Palace Of Tartar Khans

The Palace Of Tartar Khans

The Palace Of Tartar Khans

The Divan Hall. Divan was a kind of local Parliament. Ceremonies in the Divan Hall were often ended with a dinner during which the khan gave a golden cup to the most respected guests with his own hands.

The Palace Of Tartar Khans

The summerhouse with a fountain made of white marble.

The Palace Of Tartar Khans

The small mosque was used by the Khan family members.

The Palace Of Tartar Khans

The Palace Of Tartar Khans

The Harem complex consisted of 4 buildings and over 70 rooms.

The Palace Of Tartar Khans

Nobody except khans and eunuchs could enter this part of the complex.

The Palace Of Tartar Khans

However, that doesn’t mean that Khan’s wives were isolated from life: many of them actively participated in political life of the country.

The Palace Of Tartar Khans

The Palace Of Tartar Khans

Golden Room is situated on the first floor.

The Palace Of Tartar Khans

Some other pictures related to history and culture of the Crimean Khans.

The Palace Of Tartar Khans

The Palace Of Tartar Khans

The Palace Of Tartar Khans

The room of a bride.

The Palace Of Tartar Khans

The Palace Of Tartar Khans

The Palace Of Tartar Khans

The Palace Of Tartar Khans

The famous ‘Fountain of tears’ differs from regular European fountains. The Crimea had always faced difficulties with water supply. Such fountains were erected at sacred places and denoted heavenly sources for those who died for Muslim faith.

The Palace Of Tartar Khans

According to a legend, the Crimean Khan married a princess without her consent. The Khan tried hard to get her love but the girl was deaf to his requests. Then another wife of the khan who got very jealous killed the new love of the ruler. The fountain was built in the memory of the perished princess and became a symbol of grief and sorrow.

The Palace Of Tartar Khans

The Palace Of Tartar Khans

The Red Army soldiers were buried next to the walls of the Palace.

The Palace Of Tartar Khans

The tank participated in releasing the land from the German occupants.

The Palace Of Tartar Khans

Walking along the ancient streets of Bakhchisarai.

The Palace Of Tartar Khans

The Palace Of Tartar Khans

And don’t forget to taste the wonderful dishes of Tartar cuisine.

Location: Bakhchisarai

via travelworld

9 thoughts on “The Palace Of Tartar Khans”

  1. 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

  2. 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.

    • 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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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