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Cave City Mangup Kale, Russia

From series “ Survived Artifacts of Early Christian Civilization”
Height: 600 meters above sea level.

A very unusual religious attraction is the cave city of Mangup-Kale that was the capital of the ancient Christian principality of Theodoro. This city is located in a remote rocky terrain at an altitude of 600 meters above sea level. It was built on a large rocky plateau. For hundreds of years, natural rocky cliffs protected the city from intruders. In the 6th century, Goths settled in Mangup Kale. The Gothic diocese was founded there in the 8th century.

Cave City Mangup Kale, Russia Many magnificent palaces and temples were built on this rocky plateau. The ruins have the main historical value today. The Orthodox principality of Theodoro was formed in 12-13 centuries. The thriving city was declared a capital of the principality. An active development of a religious and cultural sphere continued until 1475, when, after six months of continuous siege, the city finally surrendered to the Turkish conquerors. The once thriving and rapidly developing city was totally deserted in the 18th century. Since then the rocky plateau is peaceful and quiet.

Tourists visit this place for the sole purpose - to admire the ruins of majestic palaces and ancient Christian churches, and stroll through the narrow survived streets of the city. Not long ago, Crimean monks took the initiative to restore the ancient Christian monastery and the monastery church at Mangup Kale plateau. A few years later, the ambitious project was put into action. Today there is a functioning monastery of the Annunciation, where only one person, the abbot Iakinth, resides. Next - Miussera Temple

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ATM bankomat: 'Банкомат ПриватБанка' located in 17 km ( check the route on the map).
Car rental office: 'Омега-Прокат' is located in 21 km ( on the map).
Fuel station: 'AZK OKKO' in 15 km
Supermarket: 'ATB-Market' in 16 km
Parking: 'Skalistyy' in 17 km
Apotheek: 'Цілодобова Аптека №5' in 17 km
Police station: 'Nakhimovskoye ROUMVD' in 20 km
Cafe/restaurant: 'Кафе Мангуп' in 3.21 km
Railway station: 'Verkhn'osadova station' in 13 km

Nearest airports:
 »  Simferopol Airport SIP - in 52 km
 »  Sinop Airport SIC - in 303 km
 »  Nikolaev Airport NLV - in 311 km
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Top destination around Cave City Mangup Kale - Sevastopol

The unique religious monument here is Inkerman Cave Monastery located in the immediate surroundings of the city. The exact date of its construction is unknown. The first written references to it date back to the 8th century. In the middle of the 19th century, the monastery fell into decline and was reconstructed not so long ago. The historic building has been recently reconstructed but it is located in the picturesque natural area.

In the territory of the city, there is the Cathedral of Protecting Veil of the Mother of God that is the most religious construction in Sevastopol. It was built in the 19th-20th century but was closed after the Revolution in 1917. It gained its religious status back in the period of the Great Patriotic War. At that time, the building was partially destroyed. It started to be reconstructed in 1947 and then served as a gym. Masses were resumed here only in 1994.
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