About the festival “Genoese Helmet”
Every summer in Sudak on the territory of Sudak (Genoa) fortress hosts the international Knights Festival “Genoese helmet”.
The aim of the festival is the revival of sporting, cultural and historical traditions of the middle ages, the maintenance of world traditions of the knights ‘ festivals and promotion of historical tourism, organizing exciting and the rise of the prestige of the Crimea as a major international tourist destination.
Festival “Genoese helmet” was one of the first events of its kind in our country. Over the years he became well known not only in Ukraine, Russia, Belarus, but also in Spain, Italy, France, UK and other countries near and far abroad.
Participants of the festival is the historical reconstruction clubs and historical fencing. They thoroughly study the military art, armor, weapons, fun and, of course, the tradition of the middle ages. Here each suit is a reflection of an era.
The venue of the festival “Genoese helmet” is not accidental. Sudak is one of the oldest cities in Europe (in 2012, the city celebrated its 1800 years). The Sudak fortress is designed for jousting festivals: gorgeous natural landscapes, exotic preserved fortifications, the romance of the sea, plus the rich history of the city. The walls of the fortress of Sudak faithfully for many centuries served their owners, but the times when it stormed, are long gone. For a long time, her peace was broken only by historians and tour groups. In 2001, everything changed, now every summer the medieval fortress comes to life: the cannons and the clash of swords throughout the County announces the opening of the festival “Genoese helmet”.
Over the ancient walls of the waving of flags and banners of the ancient knightly orders, heard the soft rattle of arms and the quiet creak of the leather straps holding the armor, according to old bridge clink of the horse’s hoof and somewhere near hear a regular blacksmith’s hammer, softly crunching under foot by the medieval masters of the Potter’s wheel. As many centuries ago, with the dawn of the fortress is filled with the shouts of traders, swing open the gates and the city guard misses everyone in medieval Sugdea…so open international knights festival “Genoese helmet”.
Sound the trumpet heralds, the festival participants wear armor and weapons and starts the action, which does not leave anyone indifferent – theatrical medieval battle – buhurt. And here, near the old walls converge the two armies. Flying arrows and crossbow bolts, shots rang out from muskets and kolirin, in the case enters the medieval artillery. All around clouds of smoke and after artillery preparation squads meet in hand-to-hand combat.
Storming the fortress, jousting tournaments, joyful shouts of the winners and groans of the vanquished – it all happens for real.
For attendees, the festival is a chance to show itself in all of military glory, to communicate with peers from other cities and countries, to touch history, and become a little stronger and better. Visitors same fortress “Genoese helmet” gives you the opportunity to experience the unique atmosphere of the middle ages, try on medieval costumes and armor, learn pottery and blacksmith trade, to take part in a medieval knight games, to play skee knives, archery and crossbow, to participate in tournaments; to feel part of the action that happens around and take home vivid memories of the holiday, a sea of Souvenirs and special atmosphere of the middle ages in colorful photos.