Foros, Crimea

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Skyline of Foros
Flag of Foros
Coat of arms of Foros
Coat of arms
Foros is located in Autonomous Republic Crimea
Location of Foros within the Crimea
Foros is located in Yalta
Location of Foros
Coordinates: 44°23′32″N 33°47′9″E / 44.39222°N 33.78583°E / 44.39222; 33.78583Coordinates: 44°23′32″N 33°47′9″E / 44.39222°N 33.78583°E / 44.39222; 33.78583
Country Russia/Ukraine[1]
Republic Crimea
Region Yalta municipality
Local council Foros
Elevation 50 m (160 ft)
Population (2001)
 • Total 2,185
Time zone MSK (UTC+4)
Postal code 98690
Area code(s) +380-654

Foros (Ukrainian: Форос; Russian: Форо́с, Crimean Tatar: Foros, Greek: Pharos) is a resort town (an urban-type settlement, legally) in Yalta municipality of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, a territory recognized by a majority of countries as part of Ukraine and incorporated by Russia as the Republic of Crimea. Population: 1,994 (2013 population estimate)[2].

Foros is the southernmost resort in Crimea.

The settlement was founded and named by medieval Greek merchants. It was rediscovered in the late 19th century by Alexander Kuznetsov, a Russian "tea king" who had his palace built on the sea shore. It was Kuznetsov who commissioned the town's main landmark, the Resurrection Church. This ornate five-domed architectural extravaganza is sited on a 400-metre cliff overlooking Foros.[3]

The Soviet leaders had several state dachas built near Foros. One of these came to international attention during the 1991 Soviet coup d'état attempt, when the Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev was held under house arrest at his summer dacha during a coup against his rule.

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  1. ^ This place is located on the Crimean Peninsula, most of which is the subject of a territorial dispute between Russia and Ukraine. According to the political division of Russia, located on the peninsula are the federal subjects of the Russian Federation (the Republic of Crimea and the federal city of Sevastopol). According to the administrative-territorial division of Ukraine, located on the peninsula are the Ukrainian divisions (the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city with special status of Sevastopol).
  2. ^ "Чисельність наявного населення України" (in Ukrainian). State Service of Statistics. Retrieved 6 May 2014. 
  3. ^ "Форосская церковь". 2003. Retrieved 2010-07-07. 

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