The UNESCO – listed city of Chersonesus, located on the southwestern part of the Crimean peninsula was an ancient Greek colony.
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The Russian occupation authorities have resumed illegal excavations at Tauric Chersonese near Sevastopol, the site of an ancient city which is on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
KIEV (QHA) – According to information from the Ministry of Culture of Ukraine, prior to the Russian occupation of Crimea, on the territory of the peninsula there were 6 large historical and cultural preserves, including the Tauric Chersonese National Preserve in Sevastopol, the Alupka State Palace-Park Museum-Preserve Complex, the Bakhchysarai State Historical and Cultural Preserve and others.
Also in the Crimea there were 54 museums, including 35 state and municipal ones in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and 5 in Sevastopol, where more than 1.2 million main exposition items, about 400 thousand scientific and auxiliary items and more than 2 million archival materials (documents and audiovisual materials) were preserved.
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The Culture Ministry will consult with the Foreign Ministry’s branch of the UNESCO secretariat to discuss the best way to protect the UNESCO heritage sites in Crimea during the ongoing governmental transition, RIA Novosti reported.