In Evpatoria is the unique sights — the temple of the Karaite kenasa. This is the only on the territory of Ukraine the current spiritual center of Crimean Karaites — the smallest nation on the planet.
The complex consists of a Large (the Cathedral) and the Small kenasa, which are three cozy small yard. It is believed that the passage on the vine-covered courtyard gives the time to bring thoughts in order and subdue the worldly thoughts before prayer. In the marble courtyard, you can read the poems with religious content, and the most elegant and spacious Yard waiting decorated with inscriptions that reflect important events in the life of the Karaites. Also on site is a soup kitchen and building religious schools.
Karaite kenasa in Yevpatoria since 1837 became the spiritual center of the Karaites of Russia. The idea of creating spiritual abode arose in the eighteenth century, and permission to build a Karaite kenasa was obtained in 1803. From 1921 to Church, fell on hard times. The Soviet government repeatedly closed both temples, sacred for Karaites within a Large and Small Church housed a soup kitchen and Museum exhibit. In 1999, the Small kenasa building was restored by the Karaites. Evpatoria Karaite kenasa today is a monument of architecture of XVIII century of national importance.
Crimean Karaites or caraí is the most numerically small Turkic people (about 2000 people), one of the most unique Nations on the planet. The Karaites are very careful to their culture and customs. On the service, the Karaites don’t let outsiders, we only know that women and men pray separately. Karaites pray to heavenly intercessor Tanya in the temple “Church” from the word “Canosa” — which means “to collect”.