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Catherine's mile description and photo - Crimea: Sevastopol. Detailed information about the attraction. Description, photos and a map showing the nearest significant objects.
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The Catherine Mile is an original road sign installed in Sevastopol on the North Side, where Chelyuskintsev Street turns to Uchkuevka Beach.
The history of the construction of this architectural monument goes back to the reign of Empress Catherine II. In 1787, the Empress went on a visit to the Crimea. Preparations for Catherine's visit took several years - along the route of the Empress's train, old bridges were urgently repaired, trees were planted, estates were built for rest during stops. The ruler of the Tauride region V.V. Kakhovsky put forward an original idea - to mark the train route with special commemorative signs, which were planned to be installed every five or ten versts. His proposal was approved by Prince Grigory Potemkin himself, and in 1786 verst posts were installed at every verst and "miles" every ten versts. Commemorative "miles" were columns mounted on a square plinth. The name of the author of the project has not survived, it is believed that he was presumably an engineer-colonel N.I. Korsakov.
During the Soviet Union, most of Catherine's "miles" were destroyed, as it was a symbol of tsarism. Until now, only five monuments in Crimea have been partially or completely preserved (one of which is located in Sevastopol), as well as two more "miles" in the Dnepropetrovsk region and one "mile" in the Kherson region.
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