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The history of the famous city with the romantic name Anapa is several thousand years old. According to the data obtained during the archaeological excavations, people began to populate these places 10 thousand years ago. The real mystery of Anapa was the massive dolmens that appeared here in the third millennium, along with the ancient sanctuaries. They are well-preserved to the present day, but the secrets of their appointment are not disclosed till this day.
The city is one of the oldest on the Black Sea coast, and therefore there are a lot of historical and architectural monuments, as well as museums, which will be interesting for fans of … Open
The very first tribe that lived in this area was the warlike Sindh. They all the time fought with the Scythians, whom even the mighty Persian king Darius feared. But with the Greeks who inhabited the Black Sea coast, the Sindhs had quite good-neighborly and peaceful relations. The first city that emerged in the place of modern Anapa is Syndic, the capital of the state of Sindica. Already later, the Greeks of the Kingdom of Bosporus built here the largest seaport on the coast - Gorgippia.
Gorgippia traded with Greek cities and was considered a real antique resort, where the Bosporan nobility came to rest. Already in the X century the Greek city was completely ruined by the ancient barbaric nomadic tribes, and on its ruins the Adyghes settled, who tried to establish political ties with the Tmutarakan principality. Later, already under the name of Mapa, the city was under the rule of the Genoese, who built their famous trade route here leading to the very depths of the Caucasus, to the coast of the Caspian Sea. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
For fans of outdoor activities Anapa is just perfect. There are excellent conditions for those who expect to spend much of their time on the coast and sunbathe. In Anapa there are beaches … Open
The city received the modern name from the Turks, who seized all the Genoese colonies, and they called the city of Anapa. The Turks built here a mighty fortress, in the creation of which even French engineers participated. During the Russian-Turkish war, Russian troops tried several times to seize the fortress, but only the third attempt was successful. The siege of the fortress lasted more than two weeks. After its capture, all fortifications were destroyed.
Under the rule of the Russian Empire, Anapa developed rapidly and confidently. In the middle of the XIX century it received the status of a city and since then began to attract the attention of the Russian nobilities, who preferred to build summer cottages and spend the summer here. When the city became a resort, large-scale construction began in its coastal zone. The city itself was a conglomeration of mud huts with an almost total lack of streets and sources of drinking water. Only in the Soviet times, Anapa changed its status and turned into a magnificent children's resort. The city was literally built up by pioneer camps and sanatoriums, solving problems with water and completely changing its appearance.
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When walking across the Anapa coastline, you can see the amazing Lighthouse that is still one of the main symbols of the resort. At the beginning of the 10th century, a signal tower was located here but it was completely ruined in the period of the Great Patriotic War. In 1955, it was decided to build a new lighthouse at its site. It was almost 43 m high. The lighthouse is very spectacular from the architectural point of view. So, it has been attracting a lot of tourists since its construction.
In the surroundings of Anapa, there are several unique archeological districts. Some of them can be visited by absolutely everyone now. The most popular one if the archeological park called Gorgippia. It was built at the archeological site of the namesake antique colony. The researchers have found out that this settlement was formed in the 4th century BC and covered over 2 hectares. They also found here the ruins of old temples and residential houses. Today, the visitors of the archeological district can see a lot of unique artifacts. The relics, such as preserved fragments of antique mosaics and old sarcophagi, are aged over 2 000 years.
Anapa is a typical resort town with a lot of cafes, restaurants and canteens, designed for tourists with a wide variety of preferences and financial opportunities. For those who prefer to … Open
You can study the history of the city in the local History Museum. Its collection of exhibits is very rich and diverse. It is primarily dedicated to the Anapa history and those multiple war periods it had to go through. Much attention is paid to the features of local nature and tourism development. In the museum, there is even a special section dedicated to the history of winemaking. It is an important element of the national culture.
Fans of long hiking tours should take a trip to the picturesque valley Sukko located in the immediate surroundings of Anapa. Here, you can walk along the hilly area, admire oak and beech groves, and admire the panoramic view of the seacoast some of the hilltops have. The natural area is notable for a diversity of rare plants. Here, you can see rare species of pines and juniper that can’t be met in other regions. In the picturesque valley, there is a small resort village called Sukko that is considered as a recreation place for children. It is primarily notable for its shallow and crystal clear beaches.
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Sightseeing in Russia: things to see

The city of Saint Petersburg remains the cultural capital of Russia. Nearly every street in this city is an important historic and architectural place of interest. Travelers are recommended to visit Peterhof, a famous series of palaces and gardens, which is located not far away from the center of the city. Peterhof was built by initiative and under control of Russian tsar Peter the Great. Nowadays, the palace exhibits numerous historic documents, plans and drafts. The Smolny Cathedral is one more famous attraction of the city that is also recommended to visit. The beautiful cathedral is made in best traditions of baroque style. Its height is 94 metres; its halls and the facade are decorated with gilding, and blue walls of the cathedral feature skillfully made fretwork. Inner premises of the Smolny are no less beautiful and amaze visitors with stunning frescoes and carvings. … Open
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