In the Ancient times, Yevpatoria was an important colony of Greece . It was a rich trade center, which even issued its own money and the local port underwent many changes at that time. After frequent attacks by the Scythians, the city was eventually conquered. Trade was slowly vanishing and the city was forgotten for one thousand years. The Genoans showed interest for the port in the Kievan Rus period but it wasn´t until the arrival of the Ottoman Turks that it regained its former glory. It became the Black Sea center of slave trade. The port was called Kozlov at that time. It was protected by a 4 km long wall and there were twelve mosques in the city. During the perpetual wars with the Turks, the port was quite often attacked by the Zaporozhian Cossacks. Later Catherine the Great built a new Russian city there and she named it Yevpatoria after an ancient Slavonic king. Then the Russian aristocracy constructed spa houses in the Italian manner. The greatest development took place at the beginning of the 20th century with the construction of the museum, the theatre and the spa infrastructure. In Soviet times the whole seafront was bordered by sanatoriums. Yevpatoria was a popular tourist destination already back then.
The Juma-Jami Mosque, whose former building was constructed in the 16th century by Mimar Sinan, is situated there. Many Crimean Khans were crowned in the mosque and because it is well-preserved, it is one of the symbols of Yevpatoria. The Dervish Tekje monastery from the 14th century is not far away from there. The Turking spa has been preserved from the times of the Turkish sultan. You can also see one of the last buildings of the Crimean Karaites – the Jewish group refusing the Talmud. The Karaite Kenasa are a collection of sacred buildings.
Spa tourism is one of the main sources of income and special attention has been given to children recently. Bringing children to Yevpatoria has been motivated by the gorgeous sand beaches, which make the sea entrance smoother. The most picturesque ones are located out of the city.