The Palace of the Crimean Khans located in the town of Bakhchisaray (Crimean
Peninsula, Ukraine; original spelling Bağçasaray) was founded in
1532 as the main patrimonial residence of the Giray dynasty which
ruled the Crimean Khanate within 1441-1783. During about 250 years (till
1783) the Bakhchisaray Palace was the center of the political,
spiritual and cultural life of the state of the Crimean Tatars.
Palace still keeps its outstanding importance. First of all it is
the national shrine of the Crimean Tatar people. It possesses an
outstanding place in the world literary tradition. The Bakhchisaray
Palace is the major historical monument of the epoch of the Crimean
Khanate, the only remained sample of the Crimean Tatar palace
architecture. Finally, alongside with Alhambra and Top Kapi palaces
in Spain and Turkey, it’s one of the three unique palaces
representing the civilizational circle of the Middle East in Europe.