Khan’s Palace in occupied Crimea faces threat of destruction, - Ukrainian police

18:46, 8 June 2018

The National Police of Ukraine opened a criminal investigation over the concealed destruction of Khan’s Palace in Bakhchysarai in the occupied Crimea. According to the police press service, which refers to the local historians, the building is slowly damaged and destroyed by the maintenance workers. 

For example, they dismantled 300-years-old mounts and took them somewhere else. The tombstones near the shrine are damaged, too. Besides, the old tiling is replaced by the modern Spanish pieces, which is unacceptable during such works. The entire process destroys the uniqueness of the building, originally constructed in the 18th century.

Ukraine failed to submit Khan’s Palace to the UNESCO World Heritage List before the annexation of Crimea. If the so-called ‘renovation works’ continue, the building may never appear on the list.