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Simeiz (Симеиз)

Simeiz is a small town tucked on the shores of the bay of the Black Sea. It is located in the Crimean Peninsula that was claimed by Russia in 2014.

 

 

 

Location: Crimean Peninsula

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Travel Destination in Simeiz

Villa Mechta (Villa Dream) (Simeiz)

 

Villa Mechta is a magnificent residence on the Southern outskirts of Simeiz on a picturesque cliffs at the backdrop of a wonderful green park. Local residents simply call it "the Mosque" due to its pseudo- Mauritanian architectural style.

Land underneath Villa Mechta was bought in 1913 by A.K. Kerkovoy from Madame Shenshin. However only few brief letter mentioned beginning of construction. It wasn't until Vaclac Vylezhinsky, Polish- Russian banker and a merchant, took control of the possession did the active stage of construction have begun. After the Russian Revolution of 1917 Villa Mechta was taken by the government. It was subsequently turned into sanatorium for the wounded veterans of the Red Army. During World War II it was turned into a military hospital by the German Army. After Crimea was liberated from the Nazi troops Villa Mechta was turned into a civilian hospital until it was closed in 1990 due to lack of funding. Today this former magnificent residence is abandoned and is surrounded by a fence. It is currently closed to the public and awaits restoration.

Koshka Mountain (Simeiz)

 

Picturesque Koshka Mountain is a natural formation on the outskirts of Simeiz. In the ancient times it was inhabited by the Tauri people between 6th and 2nd century BC. Archeological digs yielded numerous artifacts at the site and all around the mountain. Additionally they discovered their elaborate burials in a form of stone boxes where these ancient people laid their dead. Additionally Tauri constructed defensive walls to protect against invasions from the mainland.

Many travel destinations claim that Koshka Mountain derives its name from a Russian word for a "cat" (koshka in "Russian"). However it is just a coincidence. The mountain actually takes its name from a Tatar word "Kosh- kai" that can be translated as a Twin Peak. Locals claim that the mountain was inhabited by a local demon who fell in love with a local girl. He tried to steal her and marry her by force. Young girl asked for help from a local monk and he turned demon into mountain that was overgrown by a forest.

Koshka Mountain reaches an elevation of 254 meters above sea level. If you take a small trail to the top of the formation you can see a lonely tree covered by ribbons. People believe that tying a ribbon to a tree will help you find true love.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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