Mount Mithridat

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search

Coordinates: 45°21′03″N 36°28′12″E / 45.3507°N 36.4701°E / 45.3507; 36.4701

Obelisk of Glory on the Mount Mithridat.
Main article: Kerch

Mount Mithridat, located at the city center of Kerch, Ukraine, was one of the nominees for the seven wonders of Ukraine. To the top of the mountain with the height of over 90 m (91.4 m) leads the Great Mithridates Staircase in a series of flights and balustraded terraces, which was built in 1833-40 by the Italian architect Alexander Digbi. A well-built road goes all the way to the top.

M. Presnyakov. Crimea, Old Kerch (Mount Mithridat). 1991-2010.

The mountain is named after Mithridates VI of Pontus, ruler of the Kingdom of Pontus and a long-time antagonist to the great Roman Republic, until he was deceived by his own son. After a long siege of Panticapaeum he tried to kill himself several times until finally was killed by the leader of his own guardsmen.

From the top of the mountain spreads a scenic outlook across the Strait of Kerch and the city. Sometimes it is possible to see the Caucasus shore. In the 19th century a museum was erected on the top of the mountain in the form of a Greek temple, but it was destroyed during the Crimean War. In 1944 the obelisk was built to commemorate the soldiers that defended Kerch in World War II.