19th-century Russian Naval Cannon on Stone

19th-century Russian Naval Cannon on Stone

Old cast-iron 19th-century Russian naval cannon in the background of fortifications on the Fortress Mount Dzhenevez-Kaya (Crimean Tat. Cenevez Qaya). It is the gun from a sunken Russian frigate, which was shot down by two English battleships in 1854 during the Crimean War. The naval cannon was installed on the grounds of the Genoese fortress in Sudak on the site of the ruined “Cyril barracks” built by order of Prince Grigory Potemkin.

Photo #016 taken on August 11, 2019 during tour of Sudak Fortress with my dear clients from Hong Kong, Esther and Ricky on the 1st day of the adventure trip “Discovering Crimea in 6 Days”.

Album: Genoese Fortress in Sudak

Tags: #Ancient #Crimea #Crimea Tours #Discover Crimea #Dzhenevez-Kaya #Fortifications #Fortress Mount #Genoese Fortress #Russia #Sudak #Sudak Fortress #architecture #cannons #Fortress #guns #naval cannon #weaponry

Yellow Cable Car Cabin Moving Down From Ai-Petri Station

Yellow Cable Car Cabin Moving Down From Ai-Petri Station

Large yellow cable car cabin moving down from a station at the top of Ai-Petri (St. Peter) Mountain. Buildings at the edge of Yalta city are visible don’t the mountain (1200 meters above sea level) in the background of the picture.

Photo #038 taken on May 04, 2017

Album: Ai-Petri Mountain

Categories: Landscapes

Tags: #mountains #rocks #peak #Yalta #resorts #Ai-Petri #station #cable car #Crimea #Russia #Crimea Tours #Discover Crimea #cabins #yellow cabin #transportation #attractions

Figured Teeth of Ai-Petri and Coast of Black Sea

Figured Teeth of Ai-Petri and Coast of Black Sea

Beautiful landscape at the peak of Mount Ai-Petri (St. Peter) with the view of the Figured Teeth, the 60-80 m high ridges formed during the weathering of heterogeneous reef limestones, and the coast of Black sea where located resort settlements Koreiz (down at the left) and Alupka (down at the right).

Vorontsov Palace and Park, one of the oldest and largest palaces in Crimea, situated in Alupka, at the foot of Ai-Petri Mountain.

Photo #070 taken on May 04, 2017

Album: Ai-Petri Mountain

Categories: Landscapes

Tags: #mountains #rocks #figured teeth #crest #ridges #peak #Black Sea #Koreiz #Alupka #resorts #settlements #Ai-Petri #Crimea #Russia #Crimea Tours #Discover Crimea #coast #seashore

Figured Teeth of Ai-Petri and Resort Settlements

Figured Teeth of Ai-Petri and Resort Settlements

View from the observation area at the peak of Mount Ai-Petri on the Figured Teeth, the 60-80 m high ridges formed during the weathering of heterogeneous reef limestones, in the background of resort settlements Koreiz and Gaspra (far away) at 1200 meters above sea level. In a summer season, a rickety suspension bridge is set to the rock with a cross with the sign “Bless and Save”.

Photo #148 taken on May 04, 2017

Album: Ai-Petri Mountain

Categories: Landscapes

Tags: #crosses #mountains #rocks #figured teeth #crest #ridges #peak #Black Sea #Koreiz #Gaspra #resorts #settlements #Ai-Petri #Crimea #Russia #Crimea Tours #Discover Crimea

Columns and Curved Stone Wall with Fountains

Columns and Curved Stone Wall with Fountains

View from a second floor of the Massandra Palace on a part of the curved retaining wall with fountains decorated with colums and arches at the parade entrance gate into the Royal estate. The wall, columns and fountains were built when the estate belonged to Prince Vorontsov, the Governer of Novorossiya. The entrance gate was “guarded” by lions – sculptural castings (made in the workshops of the Academy of Arts in St. Petersburg) from the work of the famous French animal sculptor A.L. Bari (1796-1875). The entire retaining wall was decorated with majolica plates, red irrigation tiles. Six fountains with satyr and naiad macarons were mounted in it (these masks were replaced with masks of lions in Stalin times). By its architectural and artistic decision, this retaining wall organically entered the general palace and park ensemble.

Photo #120 taken on August 13, 2019 during the tour of Massandra Palace with my dear clients from Hong Kong, Esther and Ricky on the 3rd day of the adventure trip “Discovering Crimea in 6 Days”.

Album: Massandra Estate

Categories: Architectural

Tags: #Crimea #Discover Crimea #Entrance Gate #Estates #Massandra #Massandra Park #Parks #Russia #architecture #columns #fence #fountains #retaining wall #wall

Overview of Massandra Park

Overview of Massandra Park

Looking on the splendid park with fountain, sculptures, and columns from a window on the second floor at the south-western side of Massandra Palace. This beautiful park was developed in a French style during the reconstruction of the palace, the summer residence of Alexander III in Crimea, by the project of Messmacher in the 1890s. Behind the fountain are growing two giant sequoias (Sequoiadendron Giganteum), the highest mammoth trees in Crimea. They were planted 130 years ago, so in the present time, the trunk girth of these trees is about nine meters, and the height is about forty meters.

Photo #136 taken on August 13, 2019 during the tour of Massandra Palace with my dear clients from Hong Kong, Esther and Ricky on the 3rd day of the adventure trip “Discovering Crimea in 6 Days”.

Album: Massandra Estate

Categories: Architectural Landscapes

Tags: #Crimea #Discover Crimea #French Park #Massandra #Massandra Park #Parks #Russia #Sequoia Dendron #Sequoiadendron #fountains #giant trees #mammoth trees #nature #plants #sculptures #sequoia #trees

Trunk of the Mammoth Tree in Massandra Park

Trunk of the Mammoth Tree in Massandra Park

Looking up through the branches of a Sequoiadendron giganteum in Massandra park. Its branches resembling mammoth tusks, that is why this type of sequoias called Mammoth tree. This giant tree was planted at the western facade of the Massandra Palace 130 years ago during the reconstruction of the residence of Emperor Alexander III according to the project of the famous architect Messmacher in the 1890s. In the present time, the trunk girth of the sequoiadendron is about nine meters, and the height is about forty meters.

Photo #172 taken on August 13, 2019 during visiting Massandra Palace with my dear clients from Hong Kong, Esther and Ricky on the 3rd day of the adventure trip “Discovering Crimea in 6 Days”.

Album: Massandra Estate

Categories: Nature

Tags: #trunk #Branches #Crimea #Massandra #Massandra Park #Russia #Sequoia Dendron #Sequoiadendron #giant trees #mammoth trees #nature #sequoia #trees #Discover Crimea #plants

Bust of Alexander III at Massandra Palace

Bust of Alexander III at Massandra Palace

Bust of Russian Emperor Alexander III (years of life 1845-1894) at the Massandra Palace in Crimea. During Alexander’s reign (1881-1894) the country was not involved in major wars, so that is why he was called by all people of Russia “The Peacemaker”. He was a man of amazing fortitude, beauty, and harmony, courage and devotion to his Fatherland.

The grand opening ceremonial and consecration of the bust took place on the grounds of the former estate of Alexander III in Massandra on June 1st, 2017. The event was timed to such anniversaries as 175 years since the birth of the palace architect Maximilian Mesmacher, 135 years since the founding of the Imperial Orthodox Palestinian Society and 25 years since the beginning of the work of the Massandra Palace as a museum.

Photo #027 taken on August 13, 2019 during visiting Massandra Palace with my Dear clients from Hong Kong, Esther and Ricky on the 3rd day of the adventure trip “Discovering Crimea in 6 Days”.

Album: Massandra Estate

Categories: Art Works

Tags: #Massandra #palaces #Massandra Palace #Parks #Crimea #Yalta #Russia #gardens #Romanovs #Alexander III #Discover Crimea #Crimea Tours #monuments #bust #Peacemaker #Russian Emperor #Russian Tsars

At the Fountain in Front of Massandra Palace

At the Fountain in Front of Massandra Palace

The working fountain in a beautiful park in front of Massandra Palace on a nice sunny morning.

The Palace in Massandra resembling a French chateau was built in 1881-1900 for Tsar Alexander III, but after his death in 1894, it was finished in 1900 by his son and the last Russian Tsar, Nicolas II. The castle is located on elevated and cliffy cape. It was used by Romanovs only as a hunting lodge and the royal family never stayed for a night here, but during the Soviet times, Joseph Stalin decided to use it as his dacha in Crimea.

Photo #174 taken on August 13, 2019 during visiting Massandra Palace with my dear clients from Hong Kong, Esther and Ricky on the 3rd day of the adventure trip “Discovering Crimea in 6 Days”.

Album: Massandra Estate

Categories: Architectural

Tags: #Massandra #palaces #Massandra Palace #fountains #Parks #Crimea #Yalta #Russia #Castle #French chateau #gardens #Romanovs #Alexander III #landmarks #Discover Crimea #Crimea Tours

Swallow’s Nest – The Symbol of the South Coast of Crimea

Swallow's Nest - The Symbol of the South Coast of Crimea

View from the top of Aurora Cape on the Neo-Gothic castle “Swallow’s Nest” (Russian: “Lastochkino Gnezdo”) under a blue sky with fluffy white clouds in the background of the water of the Black Sea and the bay of Yalta city in Autumn season. The castle is one of the most popular visitor attractions in the Crimea, becoming the symbol of the Crimea’s southern coastline. It was constructed by the design of the Russian architect Leonid Sherwood between 1911 and 1912 on the money of Baron von Steingel.

Photo #068 taken on September 12, 2013

Album: Swallow’s Nest Castle in Gaspra

Categories: Architectural

Tags: #Castle #architecture #Crimea #Gaspra #Russia #Swallow’s Nest #Lastochkino Gnezdo #Neo-Gothic #castles #Black Sea #Yalta #Discover Crimea #Crimea Tours #Autumn #Aurora Cape #rocks