Alushta — History


Alushta (Cyrillic: Алу́шта, Crimean Tatar: Aluşta, Greek: Alouston) is a city of regional significance on the southern coast of Crimea, Ukraine. Founded in the 6th century by Emperor Justinian, today it is a resort town. It is situated at the Black Sea beach line on the road from Hurzuf to Sudak, as well as on the Crimean Trolleybus line.

The area is notable for its rocky terrain due to its proximity to Crimean mountains. There are also vestiges of a Byzantine defensive tower and a 15th-century Genoese fortress of which the city name has derived. The town was called Aluston (Αλουστον) in the Byzantine Empire, and Lusta during the Genoese rule. Adam Mickiewicz dedicated two of his Crimean Sonnets to Alushta.

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