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Cape Aya ("the holy one" in Greek, Άγια) is a rocky promontory jutting out into the Black Sea southeast of Balaklava. This 13-km-long offspur of the Crimean Mountains separates Laspi Bay (to the east) from Balaklava Bay (to the west).

Cape Aya
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Cape Aya
Map showing the location of Cape Aya
Map showing the location of Cape Aya
Location in Sevastopol
LocationSevastopol,  Ukraine (annexed by Russia)
Coordinates44°25′44″N 33°38′56″E / 44.42889°N 33.64889°E / 44.42889; 33.64889Coordinates: 44°25′44″N 33°38′56″E / 44.42889°N 33.64889°E / 44.42889; 33.64889

The highest point, Kokiya-Kiya (literally "Blue Cliff") is 559 m (1,834 ft). The headland is full of grottoes; it is protected as a national zakaznik.[1]

A storm off Cape Aya is the subject of one of Aivazovsky's paintings. A Soviet guided missile system was located on Cape Aya.

Viktor Yanukovych, the former President of Ukraine, ordered the construction of a luxurious private residence on Cape Aya. The "New Mezhyhyria" was still unfinished when the 2014 Ukrainian Revolution ousted Yanukovych from his post.[2]


  1. ^ Marine Protected Areas for Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises Erich Hoyt - 2012 "The area between Cape Aya and Cape Fiolent, included in this MPA proposal, has also been identified as important habitat for all three cetaceans.
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