Bakhchysarai, Ukraine: the palace of the Khan. Tinted lithograph by Lady A. Blackwood, 1857.
- Blackwood, Alicia, Lady.
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In the lithograph, the side of mosques is shown with four minarets. Two soldiers keep guard at the door. Bakhchysarai (Turkish: Bahçesaray) is a city in central Crimea. It was established as the new khan's residence by the Crimean Khan Sahib I Giray in 1532. It became the capital of the Crimean Khanate and the center of political and cultural life of the Crimean Tatar people. In several wars with Russia between 1737 and 1783 it was burnt down and occupied by the Russian Empire, after which it lost its administrative significance. The Khan's Palace or Hansaray was built in the 16th century and became home to a succession of Crimean Khans. The walled enclosure contained a mosque, a harem, a cemetery, living quarters and gardens. Since 1955 the Bakhchysarai Historical-Archaeological Museum has been housed in the palace buildings