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Balaclava Naval Base, Russia

From series “Famous Abandoned Military Bases and Forts”
Year: 1963.

In Crimea, fans of unusual excursions will have an opportunity to visit the once secret submarine base, which is located in Balaklava. In the days of the USSR, this base was one of the largest military facilities of the state. Its scale is so large that 14 submarines could lurk in the docks at once. The construction of the base began in 1954 and lasted 9 years, it was completely finished in 1963. The complex was highly safe, it was capable of withstanding a nuclear explosion with a capacity of 100 kT.

Balaclava Naval Base, Russia The military base is located in a picturesque bay. In 1993 it was completely abandoned. Local residents dissected most of the complex into scrap metal and in 2002 the museum was opened in preserved buildings. The main expositions of the museum are the things connected with the work of the military base. In the museum one can see collections of old photos, submarine models, old anchors and military uniform, as well as the factory equipment obtained.

The museum is quite large, its visitors have a chance to look into the preserved old dry dock - a place where the submarines were repaired a few decades ago. The arsenal of the military base has also been preserved and today represents the largest exposition of the museum. At present the military-historical complex is being renovated. It is planned to expand the size of the museum soon and to complement the collection with new unique exhibits. The military base is open to visitors all year round. Next - Base Hetel

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ATM bankomat: 'PAO «VBR», otdeleniye' located in 0.41 km ( check the route on the map).
Car rental office: 'Prokat avto Rentauto' is located in 13 km ( on the map).
Fuel station: 'Shell' in 5.81 km
Supermarket: 'Silpo' in 8 km
Parking: 'Skalistyy' in 1.43 km
Apotheek: 'Круглосуточная Аптека №5' in 1.95 km
Police station: 'Leninskoye RUMVD Ukrainy v gorode Sevastopol'' in 13 km
Cafe/restaurant: 'Restoran «Prince»' in 0.36 km
Railway station: 'Zolota Balka station' in 4.01 km

Nearest airports:
 »  Simferopol Airport SIP - in 67 km
 »  Sinop Airport SIC - in 300 km
 »  Nikolaev Airport NLV - in 313 km
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Top destination around Balaclava Naval Base - Sevastopol

The hero city with a rich history started welcoming tourists a few years ago. Sevastopol was founded as the main base of the Russian fleet in 1783. The city has managed to maintain such an important status to this day. In addition, Sevastopol is an attractive tourist center today. The city attracts many travelers with plenty of attractions and incredibly beautiful beaches.

On the territory of Sevastopol, there are a lot of preserved architectural monuments, some of which are aged over 200 years. Here, you can see fascinating mansions built in the 18th-19th centuries, walk along lovely winding streets, and admire the beauty of the nature. The city was significantly damaged in the period of the Great Patriotic War. The biggest part of its invaluable historical heritage was irrevocably lost. Due to the locals’ effort, the city was quickly restored after the war. The citizens still remember about the great deeds of the defenders of Sevastopol.
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