Livadia Palace, the summer residence of the last Russian Emperor Nicholas II, is located near Yalta in a picturesque park dating back to the 1830’s. It was constructed by more than 1,000 specialists from different parts of Russia. The palace matches the surrounding landscape perfectly. It is considered to be one of the most frequently visited museums in Ukraine. More than 200,000 people visit the palace yearly. They come to see the main exhibitions — “the Crimean Conference” and “the Romanovs in Livadia”.
Vorontsov Palace towers above the greenery of an old park almost in the centre of Alupka. It is a unique magnificent architectural masterpiece of the early 19th century. Built in the Romanticism epoch, the palace astounds modern tourists by its vivid and unique architectural forms. The original design, interesting stylistic peculiarity of each building, walls constructed in masterly fashion and, finally, the decoration of the interior — all this has been admired by many generations of people striving for beauty.
The entrancing coolness of the Nikitsky botanical gardens … About 50,000 species of plants from many countries of the world can be found here: flowers, decorative plants, subtropical plants, fruit-trees, nut-trees, essential oil plants, herbs, etc., including rare and endangered ones. They make up cool shady lanes and blossoming landscapes ideal for a romantic stroll.
The park in Foros is one of the main treasures on the Southern Coast of the Crimea. It was laid out in the first half of the 19th century. Here 70 hectares are occupied by more than 200 species of trees and bushes, most of them being exotic. High above Foros, 427 metres above sea level one can spot the Resurrection church on a red rock. It was designed by N.Chagin, the famous architect and academician; the best artists of the time decorated the church. The mosaics were created in Antonio Salviati’s workshop in Italy. There are special spots for viewing the panorama of the seashore.The view of the sun rising over Mount Ay-Petri is majestic! And it takes you only 20 minutes to get to the top of it — 1200 metres above sea level! Here you can touch the Ay-Petri meridian, a special geodesic sign in the form of a metallic globe on a granite foundation. From there, you can admire the beautiful panorama of the Southern Coast of the Crimea.