49 °F / 10 °C
Kerch is an Azov-Black Sea port and city on Crimea Peninsula, with population around 150,000. Since 2014, the city is part of the Russian Federation (Republic of Crimea). The other major Russian Crimea ports are Sevastopol, Yalta, Feodosia, Yevpatoria.
Kerch Strait separates Azov Sea from Black Sea. In 2015-2018 was built Crimean Bridge. This is a combined road-railroad bridge (actually 2 parallel bridges). By length (11 km / 11 ml), Crimean Bridge is ranked Europe's longest. The bridge connects directly Kerch with Taman (Krasnodar Krai, Russia).
The town (under the name Panticapaeum) was founded as Greek colony in 7th century BC, maiking it one of the oldest Crimean cities. In 6th-7th centuries AD, the town (renamed Bospor) was ruled by Byzantine Empire (395-1453) and developed under Greek Christianity. In 7th century was conquered by the Khazars and renamed Karcha. In late-10th century, Khazaria was conquered by Kievan Rus. In 13th century, Crimea was invaded by the Mongols. In 1318 AD, the town (named Cerco) became colony of Republic of Genoa (1005-1797). In 1475, it became part of Ottoman Empire (1299-1922), renamed Kerch and served as slave-market. In 1790 it became part of the Russian Empire (1721-1917). In early-19th century, Kerch developed into major trade hub and fishing port.
Today, Kerch is an important seaport and resort destination, with main industries metallurgy, shipbuilding, ship repairs, floating docks, commercial fishing, tourism, aircraft repairs, oil and gas, manufacturing (glass-optics, instruments, machinery
Two vessels in Kerch Strait (close to Crimea Russia) caught fire on Monday, January 21, when an explosion occurred, which forced crew members to...January 21, 2019
- Cruise Industry
Ferries will connect Crimea and Turkey by 2018 fall. The ferry line will link a number of ports on Crimea Peninsula (the largest of which are...August 17, 2018
- show more news