Friday, 15 July 2016

Crimea: Chersonesus Cathedral

Yesterday I got my first postcard from Crimea.

Crimea is a peninsula in the Black Sea. It was a part of the Soviet Union until 1991 and then became an autonomous republic within Ukraine. In 2014 the peninsula was taken over by Russia and later a referendum was held which returned a large majority in support of a union with Russia. Russia annexed the peninsula then and administers it now as Republic of Crimea. Ukraine and the most countries in the World still not accept the annexation of the peninsula. The capital of the Republic of Crimea is Simferopol. The city of Sevastopol, which is also located on the peninsula, is administered as federal city.

The card shows the Chersonesus Cathedral. The Chersonesus Cathedral is located near the place where Vladimir the Great was baptised in 988. The start of construction was in 1850 and in 1891 it was consecrated. It was destroyed during World War II, but was later rebuilt.


Stamps:
State Awards of the Russian Federation (from set of eighteen) (issued 19-02-2016)
Aviation History (from set of four) (issued 18-04-2014)


Thank You very much David!

1 comment:

  1. On 19 February 1954 the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the Soviet Union issued a decree transferring the Crimean Oblast from the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic to the Ukrainian SSR, in the time od Soviet president Nikita Khrushchev, who was Ukrainian.

    So, they just take it back.

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