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Crimean Ministry of tourism and resorts will dedicate summer season-2017 opening to the 230-th anniversary of Catherine’s the Great travel to Crimea. Her trip is considered to be the beginning of Crimea tourism development. All holiday celebrations are planned from the 29-th of April till the 2-nd of May. Crimean cities and region administrations were asked to think and organize the most interesting programs for these days for Crimean citizens and guests to plan their Crimea vacations. By the way when there is celebration in the same time all Black sea region tourists have possibility to see and adore its several regions and beauties.

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The grand opening of the tourist season of 2017 will be held under the name of “Catherine’s Mile”. Imperatrice Catherine II visited Crimea in 1787 during her big inspection of the regions joined to Russia after the war with Turkey. She stayed in Stariy Krim and Feodossiya. On the way of great Imperatrice’s voyage, milestone pillars were put, and every 10 miles were put special columns – Catherine’s miles. Cities that Catherine the Great had visited during her Black sea coast trip, prepare new excursion programs, during which tourists will be able to see the sightseeings of the “Catherine’s mile”. It was one of the most expensive trips in Russian Empire for which they spent 15 million rubles.

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Imperatrice had stayed in the Crimea for more than 10 days having visited Simferopol, Bakhchisaray, Sevastopol, and other cities. Grand celebrations were organized in honor of her arrival in every place she visited and stayed. The train, prepared for the trip, consisted of 14 carriages, 124 sledges with cabs, and 40 spare sledges. The Empress’s carriage housed a drawing-room for eight people, a small library, an office, a card table and all the amenities; it was harnessed by thirty horses. In addition, Catherine intended six-seat and four-seater coaches, as well as a resting wagon. At the stations for travelers were prepared for 560 changeable horses.

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Political meaning of Catherine’s II Crimea voyage wasn’t only of great political meaning. She also wanted to see people living there, to give possibility to citizens to see Imperatrice and tell her about their problems in order to solve them and to make justice.
In August 2016, a restored monument to Empress Catherine II was opened in the Central Park of Culture and Rest in Simferopol. It is an exact copy of a statue that had been destroyed almost 100 years ago during the Soviet era.

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