The Sudak Bay in the evening.
|Country||Ukraine / Russia (disputed)|
|• Mayor||Vladimir Serov|
|Elevation||50 m (160 ft)|
|Time zone||MSK (UTC+4)|
|Postal code||98000 — 98015|
|Former names||Soldaia (until 1475), Sougdeia, Sidagios|
Sudak (Russian: Судак; Ukrainian: Судак; Crimean Tatar: Sudaq) is a small historic town located in Crimea, a territory recognized by a majority of countries as part of Ukraine and incorporated by Russia as the Republic of Crimea. It is situated 57 km (35 mi) to the west of Feodosia (the nearest railway station) and 104 km (65 mi) to the east of Simferopol, the republic's capital.
It is believed that the city was founded in 212 AD by Alani settlers on the territory of the Bosporan Kingdom. Merchants from the Roman Empire founded Σουγδαία (a reference to Sogdia) in the 3rd century. In the 6th century, the Eastern Roman Emperor Justinian I ordered the construction of a fortress. The Khazars attacked in the 7th century, giving it the name Suğdaq. The Life of St. Stefan of Surozh (Russian: св. Стефан Сурожского) describes the 8th-century town as a dependency of the Byzantine Empire. Around the start of the 9th century, it was supposedly attacked by the Rus' chieftain, Bravlin. It is thought that the Khazars retained the town from the early 800s until 1016, when the Byzantines finally defeated the Khazar warlord Georgeios Tsulo. Afterwards, the town seems to have preserved some sort of autonomy within the Byzantine Empire.
From the 9th century until around the 12th century, there were important trade exchanges between the then Surozh and the Kievan Rus'.
It became an important location for trading on the Silk Road in the 12th and 13th centuries, despite attacks by the Kypchaks in the 11th century and further damages inflicted by the Tatars (in 1223, but also in 1239). The Seljuk Anatolian Sultanate of Iconium army and fleet from Sinop held and fortified Sudak in 1224.
The Venetians also came to Sudak at the beginning of the 13th century to take their share, naming the fortress Soldaia, before ceding it to Genoese control in 1365. The Ottomans took control of Soldaia and all other Genoese colonies, as well as the Principality of Theodoro in 1475. Although Sudak was the strategical center of the qadılıq, the smallest administrative unit of the Ottoman Empire, the town lost much of its military and commercial importance, until the Crimean Khanate took over.
In 1771, Sudak was occupied by Rumyantsev's army. In 1783, it definitively passed to the Russian Empire, with the rest of Crimea. Though sometimes contested, it seems that a mass emigration occurred as a result of the ensuing instability in that period. Even Potemkin ordered in 1778 the eviction of the Christian population from Crimea. The town rapidly turned into a small village, and according to the 1805 census, Sudak had just 33 inhabitants.
In 1804, the first Russian school of viticulture was opened there.
The present status of the town was acquired in 1982.
- Krasnokam‘yanka - Qızıltaş - Krasnokamyenka
- Gazaria (Genoese colonies) - the name for Genoese communities in Crimea
- Roman Crimea
- Russian Orthodox Diocese of Surozh - the old name of the city as an episcopal see in the Russian Orthodox Church, Surozh, is now transferred to the Russian Orthodox Diocese in Great Britain and Ireland
- The Old East Slavic name of the city was then Сурож (Surozh). There is a monastery bearing his name in the village of Qızıltaş: Russian: Кизилташский монастырь святого Стефана Сурожского.
- Hrushevskyi, Mykhailo. "History of Ukraine-Rus" (in Ukrainian). Retrieved 2008-07-18.
- "Legends of Crimea: The March of Bravlin". kpot.narod.ru (in Russian). narod.ru. Retrieved 2008-07-18.
- Members of the Polo family and other Venetian merchants having resided in the town since the 12th century.
- Sugdea, Surozh, Soldaia in History and Culture of the Ruthenian Ukraine - Scientific conference materials, Kiev-Sudaq, 2002 (prints only) (Russian)
- Sugdea Collection, Kiev-Sudaq (Академпериодика, 2004) (Russian)
- Miscellaneous publications by A. Yu. Vinogradov (Библиотека Якова Кротова) (Russian)
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Sudak.|
- Catalog of hotels and guest houses
- Sudak Official Tourism Website
- Pictures of Sudak
- Photo of Sudak and Novyj Svet
- Pictures of the Genoese fortress in Sudak
- History and monuments of Sudak (Russian)
- Monastery of St. Stefan of Surozh (Russian)
- Theodora, the basilissa of Sugdaia (eng)