The Palace of the Crimean Khans, Bakhchisaray Palace is located in Bakhchisaray town. It was built in 1532 as the main patrimonial residence of the Giray dynasty which ruled the Crimean Khanate within 1441-1783. Till 1783, the Bakhchisaray Palace was the heart of the political, spiritual and cultural life of the state of the Crimean Tatars.
The Bakhchisaray Palace is a monumental historical symbol for the Crimean Tatar people, which represents the Crimean Tatar architecture and culture. The exterior design and elements of the Place were changed during the three centuries, when Bakhchisaray became Crimea’s capital and also during the Crimea’s annexation to Russia, in 1783. Due to the palace’s cultural significance, there were built some mausoleums and scient places.
Under the Russian Empire the Palace was in subordination of the Ministry of Internal Affairs. The palace changed its destination during the Eastern war of 1854-55 when the Palace became a large hospital for Russian soldiers. In 1917, due to the insistence of the people, including the artist Husein Bodaniski, the palace became a Museum institution.
The Palace is a unique and impressive monument, but the guests can see today just some elements of its original beauty. There were taken some measures of restoration in order to return the palace’s original construction. Due to them the new design of the Bakhchisaray Palace is more like the original look. The Bakhchisaray Palace is a mythical inheritance for the Crimean tatars. The Palace follows to be introduced into the World Heritage List of UNESCO, after a restoration that started in 2003.
By Natasha Prijilevschi
The most impressive palaces in Crimea .
Crimea is the unique place in Ukraine that can easily impress you with its wonderful landscapes, spectacular natural monuments and also with its amazing palaces, which are recognised as cultural inheritance.
You should definitely know more about these unique places and the best way is by visiting them.
The Bakhchisaray Palace - Exclusive place
The Bakhchisaray Palace - Overview
The Bakhchisaray Palace - Classical architecture
The Bakhchisaray Palace - Spiritual inheritance
The Bakhchisaray Palace - Select interior
The Bakhchisaray Palace - Special design