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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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We're back from Kiev and I wanted to tell you that verything was perfect. Just as we agreed and even better. The landlady was there at the agreed time and the appartment was even better than it looked on the pictures ! Located downtown (10 min from Maidan and the demonstrators :-)) for a very affordable price, my parents were delighted. So was I.

Thank you again for your services and be sure I'll come back to you for my next visit to the Cosacks' country.

Best Regards,

Denis, Belgium

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