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Hotels of Kerch

A hotel in Kerch is an establishment that provides lodging paid on a short-term basis. Facilities provided may range from a basic bed and storage for clothing, to luxury features like en-suite bathrooms. Larger in Kerch hotels may provide additional guest facilities such as a swimming pool, business centre, childcare, conference facilities and social function services. Hotel rooms in Kerch are usually numbered (or named in some smaller hotels and B&Bs) to allow guests to identify their room. Some Kerch hotels offer meals as part of a room and board arrangement. Hotel operations vary in size, function, and cost. Most Kerch hotels and major hospitality companies that operate hotels in Kerch have set widely accepted industry standards to classify hotel types. General categories include the following:

Upscale luxury hotels in Kerch
An upscale full service hotel facility in Kerch that offers luxury amenities, full service accommodations, on-site full service restaurant(s), and the highest level of personalized and professional service. Luxury Kerch hotels are normally classified with at least a Four Diamond or Five Diamond status or a Four or Five Star rating depending on classification standards.

Full service hotels in Kerch
Full service Kerch hotels often contain upscale full-service facilities with a large volume of full service accommodations, on-site full service restaurant(s), and a variety of on-site amenities such as swimming pools, a health club, children's activities, ballrooms, on-site conference facilities, etc.

Historic inns and boutique hotels in Kerch
Boutique hotels of Kerch are smaller independent non-branded hotels that often contain upscale facilities of varying size in unique or intimate settings with full service accommodations. Kerch boutique hotels are generally 100 rooms or less. Some historic inns and boutique hotels in Kerch may be classified as luxury hotels.

Focused or select service hotels in Kerch
Small to medium-sized hotel establishments that offer a limited amount of on-site amenities that only cater and market to a specific demographic of Kerch travelers, such as the single business traveler. Most Kerch focused or select service hotels may still offer full service accommodations but may lack leisure amenities such as an on-site restaurant or a swimming pool.

Economy and limited service hotels in Kerch
Small to medium-sized Kerch hotel establishments that offer a very limited amount of on-site amenities and often only offer basic accommodations with little to no services, these facilities normally only cater and market to a specific demographic of travelers, such as the budget-minded Kerch traveler seeking a "no frills" accommodation. Limited service Kerch hotels often lack an on-site restaurant but in return may offer a limited complimentary food and beverage amenity such as on-site continental breakfast service.

Guest houses and B&Bs in Kerch
A bed and breakfast in Kerch is a small lodging establishment that offers overnight accommodation and inclusive breakfast. Usually, Kerch bed and breakfasts are private homes or family homes offering accommodations. The typical Kerch B&B has between 4 and 11 rooms, with 6 being the average. Generally, guests are accommodated in private bedrooms with private bathrooms, or in a suite of rooms including an en suite bathroom. Some homes have private bedrooms with a bathroom which is shared with other guests. Breakfast is served in the bedroom, a dining room, or the host's kitchen. Often the owners of guest house themselves prepare the breakfast and clean the rooms.

Hostels in Kerch
Kerch hostels provide budget-oriented, sociable accommodation where guests can rent a bed, usually a bunk bed, in a dormitory and share a bathroom, lounge, and sometimes a kitchen. Rooms can be mixed or single-sex, although private rooms may also be available. Hostels are often cheaper for both the operator and occupants; many Kerch hostels have long-term residents whom they employ as desk agents or housekeeping staff in exchange for experience or discounted accommodation.

Apartment hotels, extended stay hotels in Kerch
Extended stay hotels are small to medium-sized Kerch hotels that offer longer term full service accommodations compared to a traditional hotel. Extended stay hotels may offer non-traditional pricing methods such as a weekly rate that cater towards travelers in need of short-term accommodations for an extended period of time. Similar to limited and select service hotels, on-site amenities are normally limited and most extended stay hotels in Kerch lack an on-site restaurant.

Timeshare and destination clubs in Kerch
Kerch timeshare and destination clubs are a form of property ownership also referred to as a vacation ownership involving the purchase and ownership of an individual unit of accommodation for seasonal usage during a specified period of time. Timeshare resorts in Kerch often offer amenities similar that of a Full service hotel with on-site restaurant(s), swimming pools, recreation grounds, and other leisure-oriented amenities. Destination clubs of Kerch on the other hand may offer more exclusive private accommodations such as private houses in a neighborhood-style setting.

Motels in Kerch
A Kerch motel is a small-sized low-rise lodging establishment similar to that of a limited service hotel, but with direct access to individual rooms from the car park. Common during the 1950s and 1960s, motels were often located adjacent to a major road, where they were built on inexpensive land at the edge of towns or along stretches of highways. They are still useful in less populated areas of Kerch for driving travelers, but the more populated an area becomes the more hotels fill the need. Many of Kerch motels which remain in operation have joined national franchise chains, rebranding themselves as hotels, inns or lodges.

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Travelling and vacation in Kerch

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Kerch
Керч
Керчь
city
Kerch. Obelisk of Glory on Mount Mithridates
Kerch. Obelisk of Glory on Mount Mithridates
Flag of Kerch
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Coat of arms of Kerch
Coat of arms
Kerch is located in Crimea
Kerch
Kerch
Location of Kerch
Coordinates:  / 45.36194; 36.47111  / 45.36194; 36.47111
Country Disputed:
  • Ukraine (de jure)
  • Russia (de facto)
Republic Crimea
Region Kerch City Municipality
Area
• Total 108 km (42 sq mi)
Elevation 10 m (30 ft)
Population (2014)
• Total 147,033
• Density 1,464.49/km (3,793.0/sq mi)
Time zone MSK (UTC+3)
Postal code 98300 - 98399
Area code(s) +7-36561
Former name(s) Panticapaeum, Bosporus, Vosporo, Korchev, Cerchio
Sister cities Mogilev, Smolensk, Çanakkale, Oryol, Odintsovo, Sochi
Climate Cfa
Website gorsovetkerch.ru

Kerch (Russian: Керчь, Ukrainian: Керч, Old East Slavic: Кърчевъ, Crimean Tatar: Keriç, Turkish: Kerç, Ancient Greek: Παντικάπαιον Pantikapaion) is a city of regional significance on the Kerch Peninsula in the east of the Crimea. Population: 147,033 (2014 Census).

Founded 2,600 years ago as an ancient Greek colony, Kerch is considered to be one of the most ancient cities in Crimea. The city experienced rapid growth starting in the 1920s and was the site of a major battle during World War II.

Today, it is one of the largest cities in Crimea and is among the republic's most important industrial, transport and tourist centres.

Kerch: History

Kerch: Ancient times

Archeological digs at Mayak village near the city ascertained that the area had already been inhabited in 17th–15th centuries BC.

Ruins of Panticapaeum. 6th century BC

Kerch as a city starts its history in 7th century BC, when Greek colonists from Miletus founded a city-state named Panticapaeum on Mount Mithridat near the mouth of the Melek-Chesme river. Panticapaeum subdued nearby cities and by 480 BC became a capital of the Kingdom of Bosporus. Later, during the rule of Mithradates VI Eupator, Panticapaeum for a short period of time became the capital of the much more powerful and extensive Kingdom of Pontus.

The city was located at the intersection of trade routes between the steppe and Europe. This caused it to grow rapidly. The city's main exports were grain and salted fish, wine-making was also common. Panticapaeum minted its own coins. According to extant documents the Melek-Chesme river (small and shallow nowadays) was navigable in Bosporan times, and sea galleys were able to enter the river. A large portion of the city's population was ethnically Scythian, later Sarmatian, as the large royal barrow (Kurgan) at Kul-Oba testifies.

In the 1st century AD Panticapaeum and the Kingdom of Bosporus suffered from Ostrogoth raids, then the city was devastated by the Huns in AD 375.

Myrmekion was founded in the eastern part of the Kerch, 4 km NE of ancient Panticapaeum. The settlement was founded by Ionians in the first half of the 6th c. BC.

Kerch: Middle Ages

Yenikale fortress in Kerch.Crimea

From the 6th century the city was under the control of the Byzantine Empire. By order of Emperor Justinian I, a citadel named Bospor was built there. Bospor was the centre of a bishopric, the diocese of Bosporus and developed under the influence of Greek Christianity. In 576, it withstood a siege by the Göktürks under Bokhan, aided by Anagai, the last khan (ruler) of the Uturgurs (tribe of Huns).

Church of St John the Baptist, 8th century

In the 7th century, the Turkic Khazars took control of Bospor, and the city was named Karcha from Turkic "karşı" meaning 'opposite, facing.' The main local government official during Khazar times was the tudun. Christianity was a major religion in Kerch during the period of Khazar rule. Kerch's Church of St. John the Baptist was founded in 717, thus, it is the oldest church in Ukraine. The "Church of the Apostles" existed during the late 8th and early 9th centuries, according to the "Life of the Apostle Andrew" by Epiphanius of Salamis.

Following the fall of Khazaria to Kievan Rus' in the late 10th century, Kerch became the centre of a Khazar successor-state. Its ruler, Georgius Tzul, was deposed by a Byzantine-Rus expedition in 1016.

From the 10th century, the city was a Slavic settlement named Korchev, which belonged to the Tmutarakan principality. Kerch was a center of trade between Russia', Crimea, Caucasus and the Orient.

In the 13th century, the Crimea including Korchev was invaded by Mongols. After Mongols, the city became the Genoese colony of Cerco (Cherkio) in 1318 and served as a sea harbour, where townspeople worked at salt-works and fishery.

In 1475, city was passed to the Ottoman Empire. During the Turkish rule Kerch fell into decay and served as a slave-market. It repeatedly suffered from raids of Zaporizhian Cossacks.

Kerch: 18th - 20th centuries

In response to strengthening of Russian military forces in Azov area, the Turks built a fortress, named Yenikale, near Kerch on the shore of Kerch Strait. The fortress was completed by 1706. In 1771 the Imperial Russian Army invaded Crimea and approached Yenikale. The Turks decided to abandon the fortress, though reinforcements from the Ottoman Empire had arrived a few days earlier. By the Peace Treaty of Kuchuk-Kainarji in 1774, Kerch and Yenikale were ceded to Russia. As a result, the Turkish heritage has been almost completely wiped out.

Kerch in 1839, by Ivan Aivazovsky

In 1790 Russian naval forces under the command of admiral Fyodor Ushakov defeated the Turkish fleet at the Battle of Kerch Strait.

Because of its location, from 1821 Kerch developed into an important trade and fishing port. The state museum of ancient times and a number of educational institutions were opened in the city. The ironwork factory was built in 1846 based on a huge iron ore deposit found on Kerch Peninsula.

During the Crimean War the city was devastated by British forces in 1855.

In the late 19th century, mechanical and cement factories were built, and tinned food and tobacco factories were established. By 1900, Kerch was connected to a railroad system, and the fairway of Kerch Strait was deepened and widened. At this time, the population had reached 33,000.

After suffering a decline during the First World War and the Russian Civil War, the city resumed its growth in the late 1920s, with the expansion of various industries, iron ore and metallurgy in particular, and by 1939 its population had reached 104,500.

Kerch: Kerch in World War II

Керчь. Обелиск Славы на вершине горы Митридат..jpg

On the Eastern Front of World War II from 1941 to 1945, Kerch was the site of heavy fighting between Soviet Army and Axis forces. After fierce fighting, the city was taken by the Germans in November 1941. On 31 December 1941 the 302nd Mountain Rifle Division recaptured the city following a naval landing operation at Kamysh Burun, to the south of the city, five days earlier. In 1942 the Germans occupied the city again. The Red Army lost over 160,000 men, either killed or taken POW at the Battle of the Kerch Peninsula. On 31 October 1943 another Soviet naval landing operation was launched. Kerch returned to Soviet control on 11 April 1944.

The German invaders killed about 15,000 citizens and deported another 14,000 during their occupation. Evidence of German atrocities in Kerch was presented in the Nuremberg trials. After the war, the city was awarded the title Hero City.

The Adzhimushkay catacombs (mines) in the city's suburbs were the site of guerrilla warfare against the occupation. Thousands of soldiers and refugees found shelter inside, and were involved in counterattacks. Many of them died underground, including those who died of numerous alleged poison gas attacks. Later, a memorial was established on the site.

Kerch: Modern Kerch

Kerch, view from Mount Mithridat

Kerch: Administrative divisions

The city municipality stretches over a substantial area and includes several separate neighborhoods that are part of the Kerch city: Eltigen (Heroyevskoe), Kamysh-Burun (Arshyntsevo), Port Krym, Adzhimushkai, and Tuzla Island.

Kerch: Industry

Today Kerch is considered as a city of metallurgists, shipbuilders and fishermen. The largest enterprises in the city are:

  • Kerch Metallurgical Works Factory launched in 1900
  • Kamysh-Burun Iron Ore Plant
  • "Zaliv" ("Gulf") shipbuilding factory that produces and repairs tankers and cargo ships.

Construction-materials, food processing, and light industries play a significant role in the city's economy. Kerch is also a fishing fleet base and an important processing centre for numerous fish products.

Kerch: Transport

Private houses are common in Kerch

Kerch has a harbour on the Kerch Strait, which makes it a key to the Sea of Azov, several railroad terminals and a small airport. The Kerch Strait ferry line across the Kerch Strait was established in 1953, connecting Crimea and the Krasnodar Krai (Port Krym - Port Kavkaz line); (as of November 2009) there are also plans for a Kerch-Poti ferry route.

There are several ports in Kerch, including Kerch Maritime Trading Port, Kerch Maritime Fishing Port, Port Krym (ferry crossing), Kamysh-Burun Port.

The railroad terminals include: Kerch, Kerch I, Kerch Factory, Arshyntsevo, and Krym.

Bus network connects Kerch to other cities in Crimea and Krasnodar Krai.

Kerch: Education

Kerch hosts (2004):

  • 28 schools,
  • 9 institutes and branches of Ukrainian and Russian universities,
  • shipbuilding and polytechnical colleges,
  • medical school,
  • 6 PTU schools,
  • a number of pre-school child institutions
Kerch.Main street.

Kerch: Archaeology

Excavations in Pantikapaeum

Archaeological digs in Kerch were launched under Russian auspices in the middle of the 19th century. Since then the site of ancient Panticapaeum city on Mount Mithridat has been systematically excavated. Located nearby are several ancient burial mounds (kurgans) and excavated cities. Kerch takes part in UNESCO's "Silk Road" programme.
Treasures and historical findings of Kerch adorn the collections of major museums around the world. Such as: the Hermitage, the Louvre, the British Museum, the Berlin Museum, the Moscow State Museum of fine arts and many others.
Currently, excavations at ancient fortresses of Kerch are led by scientists from Russia, Ukraine, and Poland.

Kerch: Tourism

Mithridates Staircase (19th century)

Because of its location on the shores of the Azov and Black seas, Kerch became a popular summer resort among people of the former USSR. Also, several mud-cure sources are located near the city. Despite the seaside location, the tourist appeal of Kerch today is limited because of the industrial character of the city and associated pollution. Despite the lack of beaches in the town's area, there are a lot of them at a distance of 20 minutes' travel by bus, train or taxi.

Kerch has a number of impressive architectural and historical monuments. Ancient historical heritage of the city makes it attractive for scientific tourism. The most notable of Kerch's sights are:

  • Site of ancient settlement Pantikapaeum (5th century BC–3rd century AD).
  • Tsarskiy Kurghan (4th century BC) - burial mound for one of Bosporian kings
  • Church of St. John the Baptist (AD 717)
  • Fortress of Yenikale (18th century)
  • The Great Mithridates Staircase leading on top of the Mount Mithridat, contains 428 footsteps, built in 1833–1840 under the guidance of Italian architect A. Digbi
  • Obelisk of Glory on the Mount Mithridat, built after World War II
  • Lapidarium
  • Memorial of heroic guerilla warfare in Adzhimushkay mines
  • Kerch Fortress; restricted area in Soviet times but free to enter in present days. The fortress was built by the Russian military architect Totleben in the middle of 19th century.
  • Sites of ancient settlements Mirmecium, Tiritaka and Nimphei. There are also some settlements which have gone underwater due to earthquakes.
  • So called Demetra's Crypt, a crypt with numerous frescos dated 1st century BC.

Kerch: Festivals and celebrations

  • Liberation Day (11 April)
  • Day of Fishermen (the second Sunday of July)
  • Day of the City (the second Saturday of September)

Kerch: Honours

A minor planet 2216 Kerch discovered in 1971 by Soviet astronomer Tamara Mikhailovna Smirnova is named after the city.

Kerch: Twin towns - Sister cities

City Country Year
Mogilev Belarus Belarus 1998
Smolensk Russia Russia 1998
Çanakkale Turkey Turkey 1999
Oryol Russia Russia 2004
Odintsovo Russia Russia 2004
Sochi Russia Russia 2005
Tula, Russia Russia Russia 2014

Kerch: Climate

Kerch has a humid subtropical climate (Köppen climate classification Cfa) with cool to cold winters and warm to hot summers.

Climate data for Kerch
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 15.6
(60.1)
17.5
(63.5)
23.4
(74.1)
27.6
(81.7)
30.6
(87.1)
34.9
(94.8)
37.4
(99.3)
37.2
(99)
33.2
(91.8)
30.9
(87.6)
22.7
(72.9)
19.4
(66.9)
37.4
(99.3)
Average high °C (°F) 3.5
(38.3)
3.8
(38.8)
7.8
(46)
14.3
(57.7)
20.2
(68.4)
25.0
(77)
28.1
(82.6)
27.8
(82)
22.6
(72.7)
16.3
(61.3)
9.8
(49.6)
5.3
(41.5)
15.4
(59.7)
Daily mean °C (°F) 0.6
(33.1)
0.4
(32.7)
3.8
(38.8)
9.8
(49.6)
15.4
(59.7)
20.3
(68.5)
23.4
(74.1)
23.1
(73.6)
17.9
(64.2)
12.2
(54)
6.2
(43.2)
2.4
(36.3)
11.3
(52.3)
Average low °C (°F) −2.1
(28.2)
−2.6
(27.3)
0.5
(32.9)
5.8
(42.4)
10.8
(51.4)
15.5
(59.9)
18.6
(65.5)
18.4
(65.1)
13.3
(55.9)
8.3
(46.9)
3.2
(37.8)
−0.3
(31.5)
7.5
(45.5)
Record low °C (°F) −23.7
(−10.7)
−23.1
(−9.6)
−15.6
(3.9)
−6.5
(20.3)
−0.6
(30.9)
3.4
(38.1)
9.9
(49.8)
7.5
(45.5)
1.0
(33.8)
−5.4
(22.3)
−11.8
(10.8)
−17.6
(0.3)
−23.7
(−10.7)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 33
(1.3)
32
(1.26)
34
(1.34)
32
(1.26)
30
(1.18)
55
(2.17)
36
(1.42)
49
(1.93)
38
(1.5)
29
(1.14)
45
(1.77)
44
(1.73)
457
(17.99)
Average rainy days 10 9 11 11 9 10 6 6 8 9 11 11 111
Average snowy days 8 8 5 0.2 0 0 0 0 0 0.1 2 7 30
Average relative humidity (%) 85 84 80 76 73 71 67 67 71 77 83 85 77
Mean monthly sunshine hours 70 88 145 190 274 306 334 308 252 184 91 56 2,298
Source #1: Pogoda.ru.net
Source #2: NOAA (sun, 1961–1990)

Kerch: Recent events

Крепость Керчь 14.JPG
Церковь Иоанна Предтечи (интерьер).jpg
Crimea Kerch Tsar's barrow-12.jpg
Fortress Kerch Interior of St John the Baptist Church. Royal barrow (Royal Kurgan) entrance.

Kerch: Autumn storm of 2007

On 11 November 2007 there was a great storm that passed through the city, causing much damage and an ecological disaster as a few ships, including an oil tanker, were shipwrecked and blocked the Kerch Strait.

Kerch: Kerch Strait Bridge

On 25 April 2010, Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev signed an agreement to build a bridge across the Kerch Strait. In January 2015, the multibillion-dollar contract for the construction of the bridge was awarded to Arkady Rotenberg's SGM Group. In May 2015, construction of the bridge commenced; it is projected to be fully completed and operational by 2019.

Kerch: See also

  • Panticapaeum
  • Kingdom of Bosporus
  • Yenikale
  • Mount Mithridat
  • Kerch Strait
  • Tuzla Island
  • Kerch (fortress)

Kerch: References

  1. Russian Federal State Statistics Service (2014). "Таблица 1.3. Численность населения Крымского федерального округа, городских округов, муниципальных районов, городских и сельских поселений" [Table 1.3. Population of Crimean Federal District, Its Urban Okrugs, Municipal Districts, Urban and Rural Settlements]. Федеральное статистическое наблюдение «Перепись населения в Крымском федеральном округе». ("Population Census in Crimean Federal District" Federal Statistical Examination) (in Russian). Federal State Statistics Service. Retrieved January 4, 2016.
  2. See Talk:Kerch#Meaning of Greek name? for discussion about the Greek name Panticapaeum.
  3. Myrmekion
  4. Halil Inalcik. "Servile Labor in the Ottoman Empire"
  5. Black Sea Fleet (BSF) Morskoyo Flota ( Naval Force)
  6. Robert Forczyk, Where The Iron Crosses Grow, Osprey Publishing, Oxford, UK, 2014, pp 103, 110
  7. Yushchenko says Ukraine to try quickly implement Kerch-Poti ferry route project, Kyiv Post (19 November 2009)
  8. Schmadel, Lutz D. (2003). Dictionary of Minor Planet Names (5th ed.). New York: Springer Verlag. p. 180. ISBN 3-540-00238-3.
  9. Kottek, M.; J. Grieser; C. Beck; B. Rudolf; F. Rubel (2006). "World Map of the Köppen-Geiger climate classification updated" (PDF). Meteorol. Z. 15 (3): 259–263. doi:10.1127/0941-2948/2006/0130. Retrieved 11 December 2012.
  10. "КЛИМАТ КЕРЧИ" (in Russian). Погода и климат. Retrieved 29 November 2015.
  11. "Kerc' (Kerch) Climate Normals 1961–1990". National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Retrieved 29 November 2015.
  • Моя Керчь multi portal My Kerch: news, photo gallery, announcements, etc.
  • Керчь - это город interactive map of Kerch
  • Керчь - это мой город unofficial website of Kerch: information, news, photos, forum etc. (in Russian)
  • Webcams
  • Photos of Kerch from Panoramio
  • Map of Kerch's Center (by "Kartografia", 2004)
  • Infos and photos of Kerch in travelguide around Ukraine
  • The murder of the Jews of Kerch during World War II, at Yad Vashem website.
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