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Must See Places in Ukraine: Balaklava Submarine Base

16. November 2009 by Daniel 0 Comments

Nestled in the seaside hills of Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula, the city of Balaklava holds within it a secret that has become a monument to 20th-century history. The city’s high hills conceal an underground military facility that served as base for nuclear submarines during the cold war.


This fascinating piece of not just Russian, but world history, is one of Balaklava’s main attractions.


Nearly every resident of Balaklava worked at the base at one time, helping assemble and maintain the Soviet Union’s fleet of nuclear subs. The base was said to be capable of withstanding a direct atomic impact and thus served as a fallout shelter for the city’s entire population – more than 30,000 people.


Due to the base’s highly classified nature, family members who lived outside of the town were unable to visit the city’s residents without presenting identification and a reason for wanting to visit.


After the collapse of the dissolution of the Soviet Union, the base was decommissioned – the warheads and other weapons were removed – and it was eventually converted into a museum. Today, tourists can visit for guided tours that take them through the base’s canal system and the base itself.


When you visit your Ukrainian bride for the first time, make sure not to miss this gem of cold war history.


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