Sights of Crimea
Main Religions in Crimea
The Russian Orthodox church
Grand prince Vladimir of Novgorod sent agents to investigate the four principal faiths of the time: Islam, Judaism, Roman Catholicism, and Eastern Orthodox Christianity. In awe of the Byzantine Orthodox service, the agents reported back to the Prince and Vladimir ordered his people christened immediately, using force if necessary. Vladimir himself was christened in the Crimean city of Chersoneses in 988.
The Orthodox Religion grew strong throughout the land, with many chapels and monasteries. Some monasteries were designed to also serve as fortifications. The faith was kept strong, despite being under Turkish rule for 300 years.
Karaim Jewish Religion
The Karaims were descendants from a mixture of Tatars and Middle Eastern Jews. In the ninth century, the Khazarian royalty and nobility as well as a significant portion of the Khazarian Turkish population embraced the Jewish religion. After their conversion, the Khazars were ruled by a succession of Jewish kings and began to adopt the hallmarks of Jewish civilization, including the Torah, the Hebrew script, and the observance of Jewish holidays. They are called "Karaims".