The Fortess of Cembalo is a great place to be!
The fortress of Cembalo ,Mount Ai-Petry, Crimea, Ukraine is one place that you should definitely visit in the near future. I was greeted by a steep climb up the sides of a mountain to reach the ruins of this once vast fortress that dates back to the 14th century. The climb was not all hard work as it offered a panoramic view of the town below as well as amazing views of the Black Sea in all of its glory.
There is a conical like lighthouse structure that stands as sort of a watchtower over the entire fortress site. I thought that this was a cool feature and I climbed inside to take numerous photos of it. It is a great place to bring your family and get a great workout in the process. The ruins surrounded the two walled portions of the compound date back to the 14th and 15th centuries respectively. It once provided a great defense for those in the city of Baklava and the Crimean peninsula. It is a shame that there is not much upkeep in the park as there is numerous trash and debris littered throughout the path as you journey to the top of the fortress tower. I would have expected some picnic areas as well as an ample and competent tour guide, yet these things were vastly missing during my time there.
The fortress itself provides a great history lesson to youngsters as well as remembrances for old warriors of wartime alike. It helped to put into perspective the current crisis that is going on in the Crimean peninsula. The ancient people defended their sea town from invaders like the Turks and others who tried to take over this important and strategic location. This location strikes a balance between the fun of exploring ancient ruins and the fun of climbing up towers and other ruins. There are three main towers that stand above the fray and rise above the Black Sea below. It is a destination that will not be around much longer as the ruins have not been well preserved or up kept at all.
The best uses for this site is to be able to take pictures of the grand panoramic views below the cliff. It is also good for inviting your family and friends and give a history lesson tour of this fortresses importance during the height of the Crimean war. I recommend this place and give it 4 stars out of 5 for maintaining its old charm while challenging tourists like me to look behind the surface for hidden treasure that is the fortress of Cembalo ,Mount Ai-Petry, Crimea, Ukraine