Nestled between the sea and beautiful green valleys, Sevastopol sits on a group of hills forming a natural amphitheater overlooking the magnificent Bakhtiarsky Bay. Translated from the Greek, Sevastopol means 'majestic city,' and it has well earned its name. This second-largest of Crimea's cities will greet you with bays of astonishing beauty, impressive architectural ensembles, unique museums, charming gardens and attractive squares and boulevards.
At the Malakhov Kurgan, the command post of the first defense of Sevastopol, you will see the remains of the bastions which protected the city twice during its 200-year old history, in the Crimean War and World War II. An eternal flame burns here in honor of Crimean and Soviet naval heroes. The city has a great military and naval history. The people of Sevastopol are extremely proud of having been accorded the title of Hero City in recognition of their valiant stand against the Nazis during World War II.
Two miles from Sevastopol, the State Historical and Archaeological Museum houses the heritage of a 2,500-year-old civilization, with an interesting display of relics of the city's past. Among the numerous other attractions is Balaklava, scene of long and bitter clashes in the Crimean War.