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Ancient city of Chersonesos
 - North area
 - South area
 - West area
 - North-East area
 - South-East area
 - Central area
 - Citadel
 - Harbour area
 - Undetermined area
Necropoleis
 - Northern
 - Western
 - Near Karantinnaya bay
 - Undetermined necropolis
Chora
 - Heraclean peninsula
Environs
 - City Environs
 - Remote Environs
Museum
 - Exhibitions
 - Staff
 - Everyday life
Unidentified
Ancient city of Chersonesos
 - North area
 - South area
 - West area
 - North-East area
 - South-East area
 - Central area
 - Citadel
 - Harbour area
 - Undetermined area
Necropoleis
 - Northern
 - Western
 - Near Karantinnaya bay
 - Undetermined necropolis
Chora
 - Heraclean peninsula
Environs
 - City Environs
 - Remote Environs
Museum
 - Exhibitions
 - Staff
 - Everyday life
Unidentified

Ancient city of Chersonesos


The site of the ancient city of Tauric Chersonesos is located on a large promontory between two bays, Karantinnaya (Russian for Quarantine) and Pesochnaya (Sandy) within the limits of the present-day city of Sevastopol. It covers the area of about 45 hectares. The investigations of the ancient city started in 1827 and continued throughout the nineteenth and twentieth century, with short intervals. By the early twenty-first century, the excavations have uncovered about one-third of the ancient city: defensive walls and towers, churches and public spaces like theater, water reservoir, the so-called mint, thermae (baths), etc. The most important result of the excavations in the ancient city is the discovery of the city layout according to Hippodamean plan: grid of residential quarters of the same size composed by parallel and perpendicular streets. Although modern division of the ancient city into areas is conventional, it is used in archaeological documents.

The division of the ancient city into the areas is a convention; it is made for better orientation of the visitors (real and virtual) in Chersonesos territory. This zoning is performed according to existing tradition which is mentioned in scholarly and popular literature. At the same time, we should mention that there still is a certain confusion as to the numeration of longitudinal and transverse streets (and even of curtain walls and residential quarters), so we have to follow more or less common system of their designation.  

 

Excavation trench to the south-west of ancient Greek streetWestern Basilica and early mediaeval church above a tombWestern Basilica
Altarless church near the western basilica, to the south of itFour-apsidal church in the western area of the anceint ChersonesosAltarless church to the left of the western basilica
Excavations near the Western BasilicaExcavations in the west side of the ancient cityExcavations in the west side of the ancient city
Excavations in the west side of the ancient cityExcavations in the west side of the ancient cityExcavations in the west side of the ancient city
Excavations in the west side of the ancient cityFour-apsidal church in the western area of the anceint ChersonesosReconnaissances of the west fortificational wall
Diamond-shaped tower at the turn of the western defensive wallWall H under late mediaeval room no. 16 above a moundReconnaissances of the west fortificational wall
Curtain wall from where the wall turns to diamond-shaped tower to semicircular tower of the Roman period with sally port near itWestern section of the defensive wallsGeneral view of the curtain wall, viewed from Zeno's tower


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