Sevastopol was heavily rebuilt after the World War II, drawing the best architects from the Soviet Union. It retains numerous historic buildings and the downtown area faintly recalls the Mediterranean. There are numerous Soviet statues, including one of Lenin and a Museum of the Black Sea Fleet for those who wish to delve further into the city’s military history. The Panorama, created by Franz Roubard, depicts the siege of Sevastopol during the Crimean War with a massive canvas inside a specially designed round building. Not far from the city lies the Valley of Death, where the British Light Brigade, in what is believed to have been the result of a fatal miscommunication, charged headfirst into a line of Russian artillery cannons.
Most visitors to Sevastopol make a trip to Chersonessus, an ancient Greek colony founded in 421 BC. A fine cathedral marks the spot where Vladimir the Great, the first leader of Kievan Rus, was baptised and converted to Christianity. There are also several Byzantine basilicas, including one with marble columns, and a small beach where locals like to swim.