A small valley nearby the Chufut Kale Cave Town has been serving a cemetery for the Karaite people starting from the 13th century. Biblical name of Josaphat has replaced the old one of Balta-Tiymez, which meant “untouchable by ax” and referred to oak trees which were sacred for Karaites and abundant in the valley. The ancient necropolis is a holly place for this small and beautiful Crimean nation. Not many tombstones are left nowadays, and the oak trees are too few to make the erstwhile grove. But it does not take anything away from the beauty and emotional intensity of the place.
I have returned from a wonderful trip to your country! It was a pleasure to do business with you and I look forward to working with you again for a return trip next spring or summer. The man you sent to pick me up at the airport (Alex) was extremely helpful and very nice. He took the time to show me around and gave some good advice. I really had fun in Lugansk, the people really know how to party! I made many new friends and everybody was friendly and warm.