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Josaphat Valley

Karaim Graveyard
Operation: year round
Location: Bakhchisaray, Bakhchisaray
 
A small valley nearby the Chufut Kale Cave Town has been serving a cemetery for the Karaite people starting from the 13th century. Biblical name of Josaphat has replaced the old one of Balta-Tiymez, which meant “untouchable by ax” and referred to oak trees which were sacred for Karaites and abundant in the valley. The ancient necropolis is a holly place for this small and beautiful Crimean nation. Not many tombstones are left nowadays, and the oak trees are too few to make the erstwhile grove. But it does not take anything away from the beauty and emotional intensity of the place.
 
 
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Hello, I just returned from the Ukraine and I want to say it was an excellent tour. The guide, Nadia was wonderful, in fact when the tour was over, I felt as if I hadn't paid enough for my tour!!

She was extremely knowledgeable, kept the tour interesting, took pictures of me and my companion,took me to the places I wanted to see, (for eg. I wanted to see the memorial at Babi Yar), her English was excellent, and she did everything she could to make my tour interesting. Nadia I hope you will read this, thank you!!!!!!!

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