Karaite History and Culture Museum

Description:
The museum was founded in 2004. It is a department of "Ancient Halych" state preserve. Its exposition is placed in three halls and represents cultural and religious traditions, public and private life of Karaite community in Halych. According to one version, they came to Halych by the mutual agreement between King Danylo and Khan Batyj. The main Karaite occupation — trade. The first 80 Karaite families settled along the right bank of Dniester river, closer to a landing stage of the ships with goods. Just here, near the place where the museum is situated, Karaite street with rows of trade and crafts stalls was founded.

The first hall exhibition represents Karaite cultic and ritual things, religious books, implements of Karaite temple — kenasy. One can see here a chasuble and a scarf for prayers of hazan — a Karaite clergyman, his seal and stamp of kenasa. There is also a book for guests with their impressions. Its first note comes from 1926, August 21.

The second hall is dedicated to the history of Karaite community in XX century. It was never a big one in Halych but during XX c. its number decreased greatly because of typhus and cholera epidemics and numerous migration during World War II and afterwar period. Nowdays there are only two Karaites in Halych. This hall exposition contains personal things and documents connected with life and ceremonies of Halych Karaites.


The third hall display covers Karaite's migration in the world, their population and ways of life.

Working hours:
9:00-18:00; lunch 13:00-14:00.
Entrance fee:
Adults — 15 UAH.
Children — 5 UAH.
Excursion rates:
Adults — 100 UAH.
Children — 50 UAH.
In addition:
Filming — 100 UAH.
Photographing — 50 UAH.
Contacts:
Іvano-Frankivsk region
Halych city
Rizdvo Square, 33

Теl.: +38 (03431) 2-31-05
How to get:
The museum is situated in the center, nearby the monument to Danylo Halytsky.
GPS:
49.12458  24.72788  convert to dd°mm'ss"
 

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