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Basement wealthy Karaite estate in Chufut-Kale

Çufut Qale (Tatar pronunciation: [tʃʊˈfʊt qaˈlæ] Ukrainian: Чуфут-Кале, Chufut-Kale; Russian: Чуфут-Кале, Crimean Tatar: Çufut Qale, Turkish: Çıfıt Kale, Karaim: Къале, Qale) sometimes spelled as Chufut Kale is a historic fortress in Crimea, near Bakhchisaray. Its name is Crimean Tatar and Turkish for "Jewish Fortress" (çufut/çıfıt - Jew, qale/kale - fortress). Çufut Qale was historically a center for the Crimean Karaite community. In the Middle Ages the fortress was known as Qırq Yer (Place of Forty) and as Karaites to which sect the greater part of its inhabitants belong, Sela' ha-Yehudim (The Rock of the Jews).

Copyright: Vladimir Chumachenko
Type: Spherical
Resolution: 13000x6500
Taken: 03/05/2010
Uploaded: 02/06/2010
Updated: 04/03/2015


Tags: cave; crimea; ukraine; rock; ancient fortress; Çufut qale; jews city; ancient fortress; karaite
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