In the community of historians decided to attribute these fortresses in the first group (there are three). Another city in this group, worth mentioning – this is the Eski-Kerman, built to defend the Byzantine Empire's largest port Chersonese, the garrison was created from the inhabitants of the port. (As opposed to Sarah White). The city is often successfully repulsed the attack of the local tribes and was a model for defensive fortresses of its time. After a while, in the XII century it was transformed into a huge trading port and, based on the number of churches, was of great cultural significance. The next group of cities group Crimean peninsula researchers attribute defenses that have failed to turn in what may be important cities and the entire period of existence, they serve only to its original purpose. Most of the fortresses lost to our time his most important fortifications, but sometimes even the ruins of the magnitude of the stagger the imagination and knowledge architects. We should also mention Tepe-Kerman, Kalam, Suiren Fortress, Buckley, Kiz-Kul. Similar to the data structures characteristic is their strategically placed in a small area, and although they do not have the scale and the cities of the first group, but these sites architecture is beyond doubt – in fact, they served only the main protection of the inhabitants of the valleys of Attack cozy nomads tribes.
By the last third group, usually referred built right into the steep cliffs of the mountains Christian sanctuary. Among them, the most famous among travelers Chilter, Kachi-Kalon, Shuldan, Inkerman, Assumption. They could not boast the presence of specific defensive structures, but thanks to the underground architecture is the perfect refuge for the monks. Deep in the mountain caves were tombs, various auxiliary buildings, churches and vestries, monk's cells. Several of these monasteries is close to the manor Generals. There are guided tours every day in any season. Remember that not only the warm sea, but the mass of attractions can turn vacation in the Crimea in the tale. Of particular interest is the history of monasteries, which is closely linked with the emergence of the Byzantine Empire iconoclastic movement. At that time, monasteries had large estates, which gave rise to iconoclasm as a pretext for confiscation. With the adoption of an impressive list of law in droves, many monasteries were abolished, their land and other property confiscated, and the monks were forced to join the army. They founded and left to our Time monasteries, concealing himself in a lot of secrets and mysteries of the era.