you love the sea, greenery and space, Yalta is your
destination. It is a unique Riviera with a lot of
gems, history and culture. One can easily be forgiven
to think that you have arrived into another country
when you leave Kiev for Yalta. The two destinations
are completely different. One is a very busy hustle
bustle destination embellished with historic monuments
and character and the other is this peaceful green
Riviera with a neat choice of activities. It looks
like several other European Riviera put in one place.
The only similarity
between Kiev and Yalta I would say is the language and the
golden domes on some of its churches which appear to be
a typical Ukrainian characteristic for churches. Apart from
that, Yalta is a unique Riviera with a lot of greenery.
It is beautiful,
“roomy” and relaxing. Yalta’s main street
is the Embankment and it is delightful to see its residents
strolling along it. There are numerous cafes on the promenade
which faces the seaport. Cruise liners and pleasure yachts
arrive here to explore the Riviera. The food is good with
fresh seafood is readily available on the menu.
Not all churches in Yalta are adorned by Golden Domes
though; only the Orthodox Cathedral of Saint Prince
Alexander Nevsky built in 1902 in memory of Emperor
Alexander II and the Cathedral of Saint John Chrysostom
built in 1837 have golden domes. The Cathedral’s
bell tower is entered into the all world pilot charts.
places of interest include:
Swallow’s Nest: The famous Swallow’s
Nest perches boldly on the sheer Aurora Cliff, a jut
of Ai-Todor Cape. The miniature castle was designed
by architect L Sherwood and built at the expense of
the Baku oil magnate Baron V. Steingel. The exotic
Swallow’s Nest has been the scene for many films.Built
on a steep rock of Cape Ai-Todor, in the form of a
medieval knight’s castle, the Swallow’s
nest has become an emblem of the Southern coast of
Host to the II Black Sea Economic Forum, the Livadia
Palace-Museum is a prominent monument of history and
architecture of the early 20th century. Apart from
its elegant and refined interiors, it is also renowned
for hosting the Yalta Conference of Heads of Governments
of the anti-Hitler coalition which included the USSR,
the USA and Great Britain in February 1945.
Alupka Palace –Museum
The Alupka Palace Museum is an outstanding monument
of history and architecture of the mid 19th century.
The Palace was built for Count M Vorontsov by English
architect E. Blore and German gardener K Kebach was
put in charge of the laying out of the park. Adorned
by lions, the palace stand in the huge old park and
can be described as arguably the best Crimean Park
by the beauty of its landscape compositions.
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