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Scythian Neapolis

Petrovskie, Simferopol

‘Take a taxi to “Neapol Skifsky” or take the No 4 trolleybus to the end of the line, or walk from the Hotel Moskva’ – Ukraine: the Bradt Travel Guide

Strabo refers to Scythian Naples, an ancient site in the outskirts of modern Simferopol, and its heyday was the the 2nd century BC, but it survived in the 3rd century AD, when it was eventually destroyed by the invading Goths. A Greek pedestal revealed the name of King Skilur in 1827. It was discovered alonsgide a relief depicting a horseman. A massive defensive wall 8.5 metres thick was excavated in the 1940s and 50s, with two gate towers, one of which proved to be a mausoleum with no fewer than 72 graves of kings and nobles complete with horses, weapons and gold. Remains of frescoed houses have also been unearthed in the settlement. Most of the finds were then covered with earth for protection. A Scythian reserve was formally establed in 2011 and excavations continue.

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