Karaite kenas occupy an area of 0.25 hectares in Evpatoria. Behind the complex name of the attraction lies a powerful prayer complex; the Karaites were considered imbued with the Jewish culture of the Turks and Byzantines. They professed a religion that was adopted by the Khazars and their descendants. Today, not only believers come here, but also tourists who study Russia and its history while traveling.
Karaite kenas are located on Karaite street. Kenas perform the function of preserving the heritage of the small nationality that inhabits Crimea. According to statistics, there are more than 2 thousand representatives of this nationality left on the peninsula. They respect the culture and the locals respect their religious feelings. Tourists are attracted by the unusual building; there is a museum of ancient art in kenas, where interesting excursions are held.
Here you can learn the history of the Karaite kenas. The Karaites were displaced by other peoples in the past, and they fought desperately for the possibility of their existence. And this battle lasted for 5 centuries. The building is more than 2 centuries old, so different styles and eras are intertwined in it. Traditionally, sightseeing begins with the Vineyard. Almost the entire history of the Karaite kenas is depicted on the stone slabs.
Information for visitors
From the Grape Courtyard there is an entrance to the Marble Courtyard. It was built for the visit of Alexander I in the 1800s. Adjacent to it is Lipiardium, where slabs from the Karaite cemetery, which was barbarically destroyed, have been preserved. Then come the prayer hall and kenas.
The tour of the Karaite Kenas lasts a little more than 1 hour, but it feels like it takes no more than 15 minutes. This is explained by the fact that it is full of rich history, which combines the drama of the ups and downs of the era. After visiting her, positive emotions remain. Most often, the excursion ends with lunch at an ethnic restaurant, where you can taste Karaite dishes and sweet treats. The easiest way to get to the Karaite kenas is from the Gezlev Gate. During the walk you need to follow the signs. In winter, the attraction is open from 10.00 to 17.00, and during the rest of the year - from 8.00 to 20.00. A regular excursion costs 100 rubles, and with a guide - 500 rubles.