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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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Now we are back from Odessa an the Crimea. The travel was very successful. We have seen so much (Odessa, Simferopol, Sevastopol, Jalta, Sudak, Koktebel).
Thank for making the connection with the Eugene (Sneshkin). He guided us well, aslo his cousin with the same name.

In this "Thanks" is more than words, because for me it was really a dream to see Odessa and the Crimea. I read a lot of Novels and as a person from the former GDR I saw same things I know from the past. And the developing in the "new" world is enough interesting for me.

With warm greetings, especially to the trees on the Boulevards in Odessa!

Esther and Joachim, Germany

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