Khersones Tavriiskyi National Preserve

Image - The fortification ruins in Chersonese Taurica near Sevastopol in the Crimea. Image - The ruins of the basilica in Chersonese Taurica near Sevastopol in the Crimea.

Khersones Tavriiskyi National Preserve (Національний заповідник «Херсонес Таврійський»; Natsionalnyi zapovidnyk “Khersones Tavriiskyi”). Called originally a ‘depository of local antiquities,’ the museum was established in 1892 near Sevastopol at a former monastery to house the archeological artifacts discovered during the excavation of the old Greek city of Chersonese Taurica (see Ancient states on the northern Black Sea coast). In 1978 the museum was renamed the Khersones Historical-Archeological Museum, and in 1994 it assumed its current name. The museum contains about 200,000 items from the 5th century BC to the 15th century AD and displays about 5,000 of these as well as an epigraphic and numismatic collection, multicolored ceiling frescoes (4th–3rd century BC), mosaics, ceramics, and remnants of the city's architectural features. The total area of the preserve is over 500 ha. The museum published research news in Khersonesskii sbornik (1926–59) and since 1961 has published Soobshcheniia Khersonesskogo muzeia. The Saint Volodymyr Church (1861) is also located on the territory of the preserve.

[This article was updated in 2010.]


Image - Clay jars from Chersonese Taurica (in the Khersones Tavriiskyi National Preserve museum). Image - Chersonese Taurica: floor mosaic (3rd-2nd century BC). Image - A floor mosaic with peacocks in Chersonese Taurica. Image - The ruins of the basilica in Chersonese Taurica near Sevastopol in the Crimea. Image - A bell (1778) in the Khersones Tavriiskyi National Preserve near Sevastopol in the Crimea. Image - The ruins of Chersonese Taurica (with the Church of Saint Volodymyr) near Sevastopol in the Crimea. Image - A floor mosaic detail in Chersonese Taurica. Image - A Greek palace in from of the Khersones Tavriiskyi National Preserve museum. Image - The ruins of the basilica in Chersonese Taurica with a view od Saint Volodymyr's Church near Sevastopol in the Crimea. Image - The columns of the basilica in Chersonese Taurica near Sevastopol in the Crimea. Image - The ruins of the basilica in Chersonese Taurica near Sevastopol in the Crimea. Image - The ruins of the amphitheater in Chersonese Taurica near Sevastopol in the Crimea. Image - The ruins of western fortification walls in Chersonese Taurica near Sevastopol in the Crimea. Image - The ruins of the basilica in Chersonese Taurica near Sevastopol in the Crimea. Image - A street in Chersonese Taurica near Sevastopol in the Crimea. Image - The ruins of Chersonese Taurica near Sevastopol in the Crimea. Image - The temple ruins in Chersonese Taurica near Sevastopol in the Crimea. Image - A ceramic plate with fishes from Chersonese Taurica (in the Khersones Tavriiskyi National Preserve museum). Image - The ruins of the basilica in Chersonese Taurica near Sevastopol in the Crimea.


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