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Bahchisarai is a city in southern Ukraine which was once capital of the Independent Tatar country here. During soviet occupation, most Tatars were deported to Siberia and other parts of Russia. After Ukrainian Independence they came back.

This is a palace in Bahchisarai




























 

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That "Mosque" has the most beautiful minaret (the tower, like a church steeple) I've ever seen. The whole building is gorgeous, it is more beautiful that the "Painted Mosque" in Travnik. And to see the "Sarai" somewhere else, it brings me a feeling of comfort. So often I feel so isolated from the Western and Eastern worlds due to our unique balance between them. :)

Sharing this, Stanislav, you have warmed my heart. :) I will not forget, thank you very much.
 

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Dang! I was about to go there last summer, but we didn't have enough time :(
 

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Mila, you're welcome. I'll post more pictures if I stumble upon them. You mentioned "sarai" what does it mean? I have no clue.

Pavlo, you should go. I went there and it's very unusual place, being in Ukraine and all. And Hersones is nearby, which is also interesting to visit. The ancient Greek colony.
 

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AFAIK, sarai in Ukrainian means you know like a saraj like a storage place, like a kladovka but outside ;)

Fo sho, this summer I hope I'll be in Krym again :banana:
 

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3tmk, I'm glad I did. Some Ukrainians have no idea about this either, so it's alright that you didn't.

Mila, great pictures. Always strikes me how different it looks so from northern Ukraine. It has this Balkan-feeling, doesn't it? :) Not all of Crimea, but specifically this western-crimean part. Eastern (Yalta, Kerch, Feodisiya) is a whole different story.
 

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Sarai is Arabic/Persian/Turkish word, it means "Palace". It is also found in the name of my city, Sarajevo.

Saraj is simply a Slavic spelling of "Sarai" - and the "evo" ending is similar to "grad".

Here are some more photos of this small, unusual face of Ukraine:


Begun in the 16th century, the palace is the work of turkish, persian, ukrainian and italian craftsmen employed by the Tatar Khans.


The mosque was designed by persian master builder Omer in 1763.


The Tatar Khans originally moved down from the cave city at Chufut-Kaleh, further up the valley, with the aim of living in greater comfort than the caves could offer. The buildings were added over many generations.


Visitors entered the halls inside the palace through the Demir Qapu (`Iron Gate'), designed by italian architect Alvise Novi.


Look up as you wander through the interior of the palace - the carved wooden ceilings are remarkable.


Daylight enters the 16th century Divan hall through a series of beautiful stained glass windows. The Divan was the state council of the crimean khanate.


The fountain cooled the air here on hot summer days. The Khan and his chieftains would come here to relax after business in the Divan hall.


The minaret of the palace's main mosque soars skyward.​
 

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Thanks a lot Mila. Always interesting to know more about my country. Particularly what "Sarai" means is interesting, it's the opposite of what it means in Ukrainian, as Pavlo pointed out.
 

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Shows how diverse Ukraine is, once again, thanks Mila :eek:kay:
 

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It certainly adds to my already positive views of the Ukraine, Stanislav - not because it's Muslim, necessarily, but just because it gives me a feeling that...a part of me...is there.



 

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Wow, great pictures Stas and Mila. Stas showed me this city before, but I called him a liar and didn't believe it was in Ukraine :p
 

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Nice image. I bet nobody would ever guess that it's in Ukraine in GTC.
 

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3tmk, well, Ukraine is the ultimate Holy Land :D
 
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