a VirtualTourist member from Héroes de Mexico
I kindly as for advise on how to move around in Sevastopol and also for suggestions on what sights will be good to check out. I'm also interested on visiting Yalta thus I'd appreciate some recommendations on how to get there whether by taking a bus or the train. Thank you
The Most interesting things to visit in Sevastopol are:
1. Panorama Museum - There is an amazing museum called a Panorama, which depicts the siege of Sevastopol (from the Russian point of view) with a display a little like a diaorama, but much more impressive - there is a huge circular canvas of about 2000 square metres as a backdrop, and then lots of props such as cannons and models of redoubts in the foreground. It's narrated in Russian but you can hire an audioguide in English or French. Admission 40UAH +15UAH for camera. -
2. Chersonesus Taurica (also transliterated as Chersonese, Chersonesos, Cherson) is an ancient Greek colony founded approximately 2,500 years ago in the southwestern part of Crimea, known then as Taurica. The ancient city is located on the shore of the Black Sea at the outskirts of Sevastopol on the Crimean Peninsula of Ukraine. The site is now a part of the National Historical-Archeological Museum-Zapovednik of the Ukrainian Khersones Tavriysky.
3. Khan Palace in Bakhchisary - Bakhchysarai is an urban-type settlement, the administrative center of the Bakhchysarai district, as well as the former capital of the Crimean Khanate. Its main landmark is Hansaray, the only extant palace of the Crimean Khans, currently opened to tourists as a museum.
4. Assumption Monastery - It is a cave monastery carved out of a cliff.
The date of the monastery's foundation is disputed, although local monks assert that it originated as early as the 8th century but was abandoned when Byzantium lost its hold on the region. The current monastic establishment dates back to the 15th century. In 1921 the monastery was closed by the Soviet government. After the dissolution of the Soviet Union and Ukrainian independence the monastery was reopened.
5. Sevastopol Shipyard - The Sevastopol Marine Plant was founded in 1783 and occupies three production sectors alongside the Sevastopol Bay. Today it is engaged in the repair, modernization and re-equipment of Russian and Ukrainian Naval ships and submarines.
6. Valley of Death
7. Malakhov Kurgan (Barrow) with its White Tower
8. Admirals' Burial Vault
9. The Monument to the scuttled ships on the Marine Boulevard
10. The Black Sea Fleet Museum
11. The Storming of Sapun-gora of May 7, 1944, the Diorama Museum (World War II)
12. Fraternal (Communal) War Cemetery
13. The city of Balaklava is approximately 45 minutes away and popular for its underground submarine port that is now a tourist site.
Sevastopol, like most any ethnic Russian town, is a challenge, but certainly worth the attempt for all interested in its unique charm and war history.
The best way to get from Sevastopol to Yalta (83 km) is taking a bus at the bus station(2,5 hour) or a minibus (1,5 hour).
You can find a lot of info about Crimea, Yalta and Sevastopol at discover-ukraine.info/index/.... You even can find some tours you can take during your staying in Crimea. Hope it will help you.