Coordinates: 44°33′10″N 34°17′15″E / 44.55278°N 34.28750°E / 44.55278; 34.28750
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Gurzuf is located in Ukraine
Location of Hurzuf within Crimea
Gurzuf is located in Crimea
Location of Hurzuf within the Black Sea
Coordinates: 44°33′10″N 34°17′15″E / 44.55278°N 34.28750°E / 44.55278; 34.28750
MunicipalityYalta Municipality
30 m (100 ft)
 • Total8,933
Time zoneUTC+3 (MSK)
Postal code
98640 — 98643
Area code+380-654
Former namesGorsovium, Gorzubiti

Gurzuf or Hurzuf (Ukrainian: Гурзуф, Russian: Гурзу́ф, Crimean Tatar: Gurzuf, Greek: Γορζουβίται) is a resort-town (urban-type settlement) 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: 8,933 (2014 Census).[1]

It is located on the northern coast of the Black Sea. It is the site of a 6th-century fortress built by Justinian I and called by Procopius the fortress of the Gorzoubitai. The fortress was later restored by the Genoese who called the place Garzuni, Grasni, and Gorzanium, and appointed it the seat of a chief magistrate.[2] It was a former Crimean Tatar village, now a part of Greater Yalta. Alexander Pushkin visited Gurzuf in 1820 and ballet master Marius Petipa died here. The International Children Center Artek (former All-Union Young Pioneer camp Artek) is situated just behind the mount of Ayu-Dag (Bear Mountain). The World Organization of the Scout Movement's Eurasian Region is headquartered in the town.

Between Gurzuf and Mount Ayu-Dag is Cape Suuksu. At the top of the Cape is a tower, a medieval cemetery, and a small monument to Pushkin.


The origin of the name is not reliably established. Some researchers believe that it comes from the Latin Ursus "bear", as the "Bear Mountain" (Ayu-Dag) is located near the town. Others believe that the name Horzuv, Horzuvaty has Taurian or Gotho-Alan roots and decipher it as "gor dzakkh" - mountain valley, valley among the mountains.[3] Gradually, the place name "Gorzuvyti" was transformed into Kursaity, Gorzovium, Yurzuf, and Gurzuf.

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  1. ^ Russian Federal State Statistics Service (2014). "Таблица 1.3. Численность населения Крымского федерального округа, городских округов, муниципальных районов, городских и сельских поселений" [Table 1.3. Population of Crimean Federal District, Its Urban Okrugs, Municipal Districts, Urban and Rural Settlements]. Федеральное статистическое наблюдение «Перепись населения в Крымском федеральном округе». ("Population Census in Crimean Federal District" Federal Statistical Examination) (in Russian). Federal State Statistics Service. Retrieved January 4, 2016.
  2. ^ John Buchan Telfer. The Crimea and Transcaucasia. Forgotten Books, 2012. p.68.
  3. ^ "История Гурзуфа". Retrieved 2023-04-04.

External links[edit]

  • Media related to Gurzuf at Wikimedia Commons
  • Gurzuf travel guide from Wikivoyage