June 14, 2022: Taganrog City Council President and City Executive Inna Titarenko was present at a session of the Northern Black Sea Ancient Heritage Cities organized by Kerch by Eastern-Crimean Group of Museums (VKIKMZ). The assembly was held within the framework of the 24th International Festival of Ancient Arts "Bosporan Agons".
The meeting gathered representatives of Kerch, Taganrog, Novorossiysk, Feodosia, Simferopol, Taman and also a delegation of the Republic of Abkhazia led by its Minister of Culture Daur Kove.
The city of Taganrog was among the founders of Northern Black Sea Ancient Heritage Cities, which was established in February 2020. It represents a union of municipalities which have historical sites of Greek and Roman origins. The Association focuses on the international, interregional, and inter-municipal cooperation.
The area of modern-day Taganrog was mentioned by the Greek historian Herodotus as Emporion Kremnoi - a Greek settlement of 7th-5th centuries B.C. The excavations conducted by the German Archaeological Institute (Berlin, Germany)
, the Institute of Archaeology of the Russian Academy of Sciences (Moscow), the Don-Archaeological Society (Rostov-on-Don, Russia) not only confirm the early date of Taganrog's foundation, but also prove Taganrog settlement to be the earliest Greek colony
in the Northern-Western Black Sea Region.