Sights of Crimea
On the southern coast of Crimea there are corners that resemble the nature of Italy, Spain, Greece and Australia. Since the mid-19th century, the southern coast of Crimea has become a popular resort area. Here you can not only relax on the beautiful pebble and sandy beaches, swim in the warm sea, but also visit many interesting places.
Crimea was popular with the aristocracy of the Russian Empire in the late 19th – early 20th centuries. And at this time, villas and summer palaces were being built here, which have not lost their splendor in our days.
Livadia and Massandra Palace, Vorontsov Palace, Yusupov Palace, many have heard of these palaces.
For example, the Livadia Palace was the summer residence of Russian tsars. The facades of the palace are decorated with magnificent art carvings, and the interior of the palace is striking in its sophistication and luxury. The palace was built in the style of the Italian Renaissance.
On the west side of the Livadia Palace built the Holy Cross Exaltation Church. This Byzantine-style palace church was erected in 1872.
Near the church there is a belfry, which is decorated with unusual stone ornaments.
The Livadia Palace is surrounded by a park in which there are exotic ornamental plants brought from abroad. In the palace park, the famous Tsar’s trail begins.
In 1881, the construction of the Massandrava Palace began. A three-story building, decorated with decorative details, and crowned with a pyramidal roof. The palace was created only for relaxation, because of this there are no ceremonial halls and apartments for receptions here. Small cozy rooms with marble limestone fireplaces create a unique palace style. “Little Versailles” is what they sometimes say about this palace.
Nowadays, on the first and second floors there is an exhibition of the palace interior of the second part of the XIX century.
The Vorontsov Palace was built over 18 years. The northern facade and the western part of the palace were completed in the English style, and the southern part in the Moorish style. On the south side, a staircase leads to the sea, on which there are three pairs of lions. White marble figures of lions are made by Italian sculptor Bonnani. The beautiful figure of a sleeping lion with the signature Bonnani is located at the base of the stairs, behind it are the figures of two awakening lions, and on the upper steps of the stairs are awake lions.
The palace is surrounded by a very beautiful park.
If you decide to relax on the South Coast – visit these beautiful, majestic and unique palaces.