I visited Chersonesus Taurica – Херсонес – on my final day in Sevastopol. It’s on the outskirts of the city, on the coast, and the lady at the hostel told me that I could get a bus from Suvorova Square, five minutes walk from the hostel. What she didn’t tell me was that buses only come every 90 minutes. I was getting a little impatient standing on the side of the road waiting for a bus that didn’t come for 55 minutes. I was about to give up and get a taxi when finally, the bus pulled up and I hopped on.
Chersonesus is the remains of an old Greek city that was established in the sixth century BCE – so it’s been around for a while. An Orthodox cathedral, which unsurprisingly does not date back quite so far, sits in the centre of the Greek ruins and its golden dome is visible from just about everywhere there. It definitely was not the most impressive set of ancient ruins I’ve seen, but then I must admit I’ve been completely spoiled by the plethora of marvelous ancient sites throughout Turkey, Syria, Lebanon and Jordan. The location of Chersonesus on the shores of the Black Sea is what made it more spectacular for me – the rocky coastline with locals lazing about and seagulls eyeballing everyone was what I loved about the place.