Genoese fortress in Sudak
The Genoese fortress of Sudak is the main attraction of Sudak and one of the most interesting historic buildings in Eastern part of the Crimea.
A modern fortress was built by the Genoese in the period from 1371 to 1469 years, however, the initial fortifications on this place appeared much earlier: scientists have found that from the mid 7th century there was a fortified Byzantine town Sugdeya of economic, trade and political center of the region. There is also an unofficial version that was originally a defensive structure on this location was built in the year 212 Alans, evidence which has not yet been found, but only mentioned in the legends. During the period of its existence, the citadel repeatedly passed from one hand to another, sometimes bloody battles, and at times completely without a fight. About the eventful history of this monument, you can learn during a guided tour of the fortress.
The main part of the extant objects appeared in the period of the presence of the Genoese (1365-1475). It's defensive walls, towers Patrol (Maiden) and Astaware (Port), Consul's castle, mosque (built later during the reign of the Horde), the temples of the Twelve apostles and the Catholic Cathedral of the virgin Mary, the remains of urban development, coastal strengthening VI. and the like.
Today the territory of the city-fortress is open to tourists as a Museum under the open sky. Compared to the fortress Kafa in Feodosia, the Genoese fortress of Sudak preserved and restored much better, respectively, and to visit her much more interesting. Besides, at a certain time, you can join a group with a tour service that is much more interesting than self-examination. Also on site you can visit the numismatic Museum (entrance 50 rubles, a tour service included), which is under the earth; historical Museum (admission is free); Museum "of torture instruments" (temporary does not work). Also at the Museum you can practice archery for an additional fee. Before entering the Museum you will find a small market of souvenir shops and cafes. At the entrance offer to take pictures with the costumed actor for the money.
When you visit it is worth remembering that the entrance to bathing suits and bare chested, with animals, is prohibited. Smoke on the territory of the fortress is strictly prohibited.
🕐 Working time: from 08:00 to 20:00 (ticket office from 08:00 to 20:00). Collection tour groups every 30 minutes from 08:00 to 18:30
💵 Entrance fee / ticket price: 150 roubles, with excursion service – 200 RUB. The entrance of the numismatic Museum – 50 rubles
🚶 How to reach: the fortress is located approximately one mile from the center (from the Cypress alley), and reach it on foot (the entrance to the fortress on the map). Can also be reached by bus No. 2 and bus in the village of Novy Svet 9 rubles. The stop is called S. Cozy, but is declared in the transport as "the fortress"