12 February 2018

#1524 Ukraine

Chersonesus (Ancient GreekΧερσόνησοςKhersonēsosLatinChersonesus; modern Russian/Ukrainian: Херсонес, Khersones; also rendered as ChersoneseChersonesos), in medieval Greek contracted to Cherson (Χερσών; Old East Slavic: Корсунь, Korsun) is an ancient Greek colony founded approximately 2,500 years ago in the southwestern part of the Crimean Peninsula. The colony was established in the 6th century BC by settlers from Heraclea Pontica.

The ancient city is located on the shore of the Black Sea at the outskirts of Sevastopol on the Crimean Peninsula, where it is referred to as Khersones. It has been nicknamed the "Ukrainian Pompeii". The site is now part of the National Preserve of Tauric Chersonesos. The name "Chersonesos" in Greek means "peninsula", and aptly describes the site on which the colony was established. It should not be confused with the Tauric Chersonese, the name often applied to the whole of the southern Crimea.

Date of Inscription on the List of UNESCO WHS: 2013

Thank you, Nadiya !

Sent on: February 3, 2018
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