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Taman Peninsula:
at the turn of times
The word "tmutarakan" means one thing - far, in the wilderness, it is not clear where. Meanwhile, few people know that Tmutarakan is an ancient city, from which, according to one version, the entire Russian land originated.
Ancient Tmutarakan was located on the territory of modern Taman - a village in Temryuk district of Krasnodar region. The remains of ancient structures (fortresses, houses, temples) have survived there to this day, as well as a number of tourist activities, thanks to which the Taman Peninsula is considered one of the most popular destinations for auto tourism.

Sent into exile in the Caucasus, Taman visited the classic of Russian literature M.Yu. Lermontov. On the shore of the Taman Bay, there is a house-museum of the poet, where you can look at the genuine artifacts associated with his life and work. There is also the Taman Archaeological Museum, which contains one of the largest collections in Russia related to ancient history.
Since, in fact, the history of the Kuban Cossacks began in Taman, on the coast of which the Zaporozhye Cossacks landed in August 1792, to whom Empress Catherine II gave the lands just conquered from Turkey along the coast of Kuban. In the village of Taman there is a monument to the first settlers and every September a holiday is held in honor of this momentous event. The unique ethnographic complex "Ataman", an open-air museum-park, is always popular with tourists. Here you can see with your own eyes what the Cossack village looked like a hundred or two hundred years ago, study the way of life of those years, and also taste traditional dishes of the Kuban cuisine. In summer, Ataman constantly hosts festivals, concerts, and festive events. The poster of events can be checked on the website of the complex.
In ancient times, the Taman Peninsula was an archipelago of several islands located in the Kuban River delta. Over time, the river delivered enough "building material" to create connections between the islands and form a peninsula. But traces of the past have remained here to this day - these are numerous firths located throughout the Taman Peninsula. On the largest of them, Akhtanizovsky Firth, there is a unique attraction - the Valley of Lotuses. To see the purest Indian lotuses with your own eyes, you need to turn off the road and get to the village of Akhtanizovskaya, where you will be offered a boat excursion along the firth. The trip by water will take about an hour. Lotus blooms from mid-July to late August. The flowers reach a diameter of 10-15 centimeters. Picking them is prohibited - the lotus is listed in the Red Book. But you are guaranteed an unforgettable experience and very cool selfies with the most beautiful flowers on Earth.