Coat of arms
Location of Foros within the Crimea
Coordinates: 44°23′32″N 33°47′9″E / 44.39222°N 33.78583°E / 44.39222; 33.78583Coordinates: 44°23′32″N 33°47′9″E / 44.39222°N 33.78583°E / 44.39222; 33.78583
CountryDisputed between Russia and Ukraine[1]
RegionYalta Municipality
Local councilForos
50 m (160 ft)
 • Total1,844
Time zoneUTC+3 (MSK)
Postal code
Area code(s)+380-654

Foros (Ukrainian: Форос; Russian: Форо́с, Crimean Tatar: Foros, Greek: Phàros, Φάρος) is a resort town (an urban-type settlement, legally) in Yalta Municipality of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, a territory recognized by a majority of countries as part of Ukraine and incorporated by Russia as the Republic of Crimea. Population: 1,844 (2014 Census).[2]

Foros is the southernmost resort in Crimea.

The settlement was founded and named by medieval Greek merchants. It was rediscovered in the late 19th century by Alexander Kuznetsov, a Russian "tea king" who had his palace built on the sea shore. It was Kuznetsov who commissioned the town's main landmark, the Resurrection Church. This ornate five-domed architectural extravaganza is sited on a 400-metre cliff overlooking Foros.[3]

The Soviet leaders had several state dachas built near Foros. One of these came to international attention during the 1991 Soviet coup d'état attempt, when the Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev had been vacationing at the time of the coup. Gorbachev's luxury dacha had been fired upon a couple of times during the capture, after which Gorbachev was placed under house arrest.

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  1. ^ This place is located on the Crimean peninsula, most of which is the subject of a territorial dispute between Russia and Ukraine. According to the political division of Russia, there are federal subjects of the Russian Federation (the Republic of Crimea and the federal city of Sevastopol) located on the peninsula. According to the administrative-territorial division of Ukraine, there are the Ukrainian divisions (the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city with special status of Sevastopol) located on the peninsula.
  2. ^ Russian Federal State Statistics Service (2014). "Таблица 1.3. Численность населения Крымского федерального округа, городских округов, муниципальных районов, городских и сельских поселений" [Table 1.3. Population of Crimean Federal District, Its Urban Okrugs, Municipal Districts, Urban and Rural Settlements]. Федеральное статистическое наблюдение «Перепись населения в Крымском федеральном округе». ("Population Census in Crimean Federal District" Federal Statistical Examination) (in Russian). Federal State Statistics Service. Retrieved January 4, 2016.
  3. ^ "Форосская церковь". 2003. Archived from the original on 2010-09-18. Retrieved 2010-07-07.