Alushta is a resort town in Crimea
Crimea , or the Autonomous Republic of Crimea , is a sub-national unit, an autonomous republic, of Ukraine. It is located on the northern coast of the Black Sea, occupying a peninsula of the same name...

, Ukraine
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, founded in the 6th century by Emperor Justinian. It is situated on the Black Sea
Black Sea
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 on the road from Gurzuf
Gurzuf or Hurzuf is a resort in Crimea, Ukraine, on the northern coast of the Black Sea.Gurzuf is a former Crimean Tatar village, now a part of Greater Yalta. It was made famous by Alexander Pushkin who visited the place in 1821. The famous ballet master Marius Petipa died here...

 to Sudak
Sudak or Sudaq is a small historic town located in Crimea, Ukraine situated to the west of Feodosiya and to the east of Simferopol, the capital of Crimea...

, as well as on the Crimean Trolleybus
Crimean Trolleybus
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The area is notable for its rocky terrain. There are also vestiges of a Byzantine defensive tower and a 15th-century Genoese
Republic of Genoa
The Most Serene Republic of Genoa |Ligurian]]: Repúbrica de Zêna) was an independent state from 1005 to 1797 in Liguria on the northwestern Italian coast, as well as Corsica from 1347 to 1768, and numerous other territories throughout the Mediterranean....

 fortress. The town was called Aluston (Αλουστον) in the Byzantine Empire
Byzantine Empire
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, and Lusta during the Genoese rule. Adam Mickiewicz
Adam Mickiewicz
Adam Bernard Mickiewicz ) was a Polish poet, publisher and political writer of the Romantic period. One of the primary representatives of the Polish Romanticism era, a national poet of Poland, he is seen as one of Poland's Three Bards and the greatest poet in all of Polish literature...

 dedicated two of his Crimean Sonnets to Alushta.

Twin towns — Sister cities

Alushta is twinned
Town twinning
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 with: Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz, California
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, United States
United States
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Dzierżoniów is a town in southwestern Poland. It is situated in Lower Silesian Voivodeship...

, Poland
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