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Pictures of Simferopol, Crimea


Simferopol is the administrative and commercial center of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea (Sevastopol has its own administrative unit). It is a busy, multi-ethnic city with Russians, Ukrainians, Tatars, and large groups of foreign students (esp. Chinese, Turks, and Arabs) who take advantage of the high-quality but low-cost instruction in the Russian language at Simferopol's numerous colleges and universities.

Simferopol has an airport and a very busy train station. Buses reach out to every location of interest in Crimea, but the bus stations are far apart. A trolleybus runs from the train station to Yalta through the mountains — the longest trolleybus line in the former USSR.

Apart from being a transportation hub, Simferopol has quite a few sights of its own: the ancient town of Scythian Neapol, the 500-year-old mosque Kebir-Dzhami, Petropavlovsk Cathedral, Saint Troitskyy Monastery, and numerous museums. Unfortunately, I have not yet visited much of anything in Simferopol and do not yet have pictures.