The Black Sea coast of Crimea has a rich history in the construction of museum-monuments. The museum is located in a picturesque corner of the village of Malorechenskoye, near the city of Alushta. The location of the museum was not chosen by chance, it is located on such a busy place that almost every tourist traveling to the southern coast of Crimea is sure to turn into Malorechensk. The attention of tourists is attracted by a strange architectural structure in the form of a ship with a deck over which the church rises. If you observe from the side, you get the impression that the church is floating on the waves of the Black Sea.
The museum is a ship, on the deck of which is a museum. Museum windows are shaped like portholes. Famous artists of Crimea and Chernigov worked on the design of the museum.
The construction of the museum began in early 2004. Three years were spent on the construction of the memorial and the construction of the church. In 2007, the church was illuminated and the first service was held in the lighthouse church of St. Nicholas of Myra. The temple rises above the deck to a height of sixty meters.
The facade is decorated with frescoes with colorfully decorated mosaics. Such beauty can be seen from a very long distance, since it is located on a high cliff, which, as it were, hangs over the sea, creating the illusion of a floating temple. The project was developed by the famous architect of Ukraine A. Gaydamak, on whose account there are more than a dozen projects for the construction of churches not only in Ukraine and neighboring countries, but also in Yugoslavia.
In the upper part of the dome is a large ball framed by gilding, which is the symbolism of our planet. Above it rises a large main cross. An interesting point is that the architect created a lighthouse inside the ball itself, which delights visitors. The interior of the temple is made in the marine theme, the walls are decorated with anchor chains and anchors. The gazebo overlooking the edge of the cliff resembles a Flying Dutchman: there are sails and a captain’s bridge, standing on which you feel like some kind of hero from films about pirates. Salty warm air, a gentle sea breeze give dreams and memories even more effect.
But the opposite part of feelings is evoked by visitors to another part of the memorial complex - a wall with tablets showing data on dead people in the depths of the sea. The idea of the organizers of the memorial was precisely in tribute to the sailors, travelers, fishermen who died from the sea elements, so the memorial was called Museum of Maritime Disasters.
In each hall, the design was made in the likeness of the bottom of the sea, on which there were placed old anchors, weapons raised from the bottom of the sea, clothes of sailors, equipment, and the remaining remains of the flooded ships. The entire interior of the museum’s halls resembles a disaster site at the bottom of the Black Sea. The constant rumble of water, the dark rooms with fragments and fragments of ships and equipment, as if overgrown in algae and silt, create a very emotional experience. In other words, a trembling runs from such a sight on the back, and horror in the soul. Constant videos and films about sea disasters complement this terrible picture.
As if, ironically, the museum has thirteen exhibition halls. All of them tell of terrible sea disasters. Therefore, a visit to the museum is not a hike for the faint of heart!