Swallows Nest

Swallow’s Nest

Looking as though it belongs in a fairy tale, the nearby Swallow’s Nest is perched at the top of a sheer cliff. A long path winds down and around and then up again to reach the castle, but the magnificent view is well worth the hike. The Swallow’s Nest is a castle built by a […]

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Livadia Palace

Livadia Palace

Livadia Palace History The Livadia Palace, constructed of white Crimean granite, was built in 1911 as a summer residence for Nicholas II, the last czar of Russia. This palace was the site of the historic Yalta Conference of 1945, when Soviet leader Joseph Stalin hosted the British prime minister, Winston Churchill, and the U.S. President,

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Vorontsov Palace

Vorontsov Palace (Alupka)

Vorontsov Palace History The Alupka Palace, built during the first half of the 19th century, has beautiful gardens, including more than 1 million plants. Paths wind between huge boulders that fell from cliffs ages ago. The Alupka Vorontsov Palace was completed in 1846 for Russian Anglophile Mikhail Vorontsov, once Imperial Ambassador to the Court of

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