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No, it is not Great Wall, it is Genoan Fortress in Sudak. A lot of pictures from Ukraina from me, maybe it is the last one, but Ukraina is rather little represented on TE and I hope you find it interesting and new. When I was there, on the streets I haven't heard any other language than Russian and Polish. No Western tourists there. Strange.

Sudak is a small historic town located in Crimea, 104 km to the east of Simferopol, the capital of Crimea. Today it is a popular resort, best known for its Genoese fortress, the best preserved on the northern shore of the Black Sea.

It is believed that the city was founded in 212 AD by Alani settlers. In the 6th century, the Eastern Roman Emperor Justinian I ordered the construction of a fortress. It became an important location for trading on the Silk Road in the 12th and 13th centuries, despite attacks by the Kypchaks in the 11th century and further damages inflicted by the Tatars (in 1223, but also in 1239).
The Venetians also came to Sudak at the beginning of the 13th century to take their share,before ceding it to Genoese control in 1365.
In 1783, it definitively passed to the Russian Empire, with the rest of Crimea.

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