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

Silver Arbor on Pendikul Mountain Framed by Trees

Silver Arbor on Pendikul Mountain Framed by Trees

The Silver Arbor framed by trees on the way from Yalta to the top of Ai-Petri mountain by car. It is an ecological and educational object located the Pendikul mountain at the height of 848 meters above sea level. The arbor was established in 1894 in honor of builders of the road Yalta – Ai-Petri – Bakhchisarai.

In the winter the arbor becomes covered with light hoarfrost, creating an illusion of transfusion in the sunshine a thin layer of silver. From this, the name “Silver Arbor” appeared. From a rotunda of the arbor opens the scenic views on the Yalta amphitheater, Nikitskaya Yayla, Mount Au-Dag, the oak and juniper woods of the cape Martyan and the amazing coast of the Black Sea.

Photo #032 taken on May 04, 2017

Album: Ai-Petri Mountain

Categories: Architectural

Tags: #Ai-Petri #Yalta #Silver Arbor #arbor #architecture #Pendikul Mountain #mountains #Crimea #Russia #framed by trees #mountain road

Livadia Palace 1911-2019

Livadia Palace 1911-2019

The sign in Russian “Livadiysky Dvorets 1911-2019” (Eng: Livadia Palace 1911-2019) made from snow-white pebbles in amazing park with palms in front of the former summer residence of the last Russian Emperor, Nicholas II Romanov, in Crimea. The palace was built outskirts of Yalta city in 1911 by the project of Russian architect Nikolay Krasnov.

Photo #036 taken on August 14, 2019 during the tour of Livadia Palace and Park with my dear clients from Hong Kong, Esther and Ricky on the 4th day of the adventure trip “Discovering Crimea within Six Days”.

Album: Livadia Palace and Park

Categories: Architectural

Tags: #pebble stones #pebbles #signs #landscaping #Crimea #Livadia #Livadia Palace #Russia #Yalta #architecture #summer residence #palaces #Parks #Livadia Park

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

Sculpture of the Woman-Sphinx with a Ball at Massandra Palace

Sculpture of the Woman-Sphinx with a Ball at Massandra Palace

Sculpture of the woman-sphinx with a ball at the facade of Massandra Palace, a suburb of Yalta, Crimea. The palace was built at the end of 19th century in the style of Louis XIII of France (French chateaux of the Renaissance) and belonged to Russian Emperor Alexander III.

Photo #227 taken on May 02, 2017

Album: Massandra Estate

Categories: Architectural Art Works

Tags: #tourism #europe #Ancient #outdoor #park #architecture #statue #Sculpture #travel #Crimea #decorations #Massandra #Massandra Palace #palaces #Russia #sculptures #sphinx #woman-sphinx

Palace of Russian Emperor Alexander III in Massandra

Palace of Russian Emperor Alexander III in Massandra

Eastern facade of Massandra Palace in a cloudy Autumn day. Resembling a French chateau, the palace of Emperor Alexander III is situated 5 km North-East from Yalta in Crimean village Massandra that located on elevated and cliffy cape. The castle originally built in 1881-1900 for Tsar Alexander III, but after his death in 1894, the palace in Massandra was finished in 1900 by his son and the last Russian Tsar, Nicolas II. This castle 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 #045 taken on September 14, 2013

Album: Massandra Estate

Categories: Architectural

Tags: #Crimea #Massandra #Palace #Massandra Palace #French chateau #architecture #landmarks #museums. Crimea Tours #palaces #Castle

Woman-Sphinx with a Ball at Massandra Palace

Woman-Sphinx with a Ball at Massandra Palace

Sculpture of a woman-sphinx with a ball at Southern facade of Massandra Palace near Yalta, Crimea. The palace was built at the end of 19th century in the style of Louis XIII of France (French chateaux of the Renaissance) and belonged to Russian Emperor Alexander III.

Photo #226 taken on May 02, 2017

Album: Massandra Estate

Categories: Architectural

Tags: #Parks #architecture #statue #Sculpture #Crimea #decorations #Massandra #Massandra Palace #palaces #Russia #sculptures #sphinx #woman-sphinx

Fairytale Swallow’s Nest Castle and the Black Sea in Early Morning

Fairytale Swallow’s Nest Castle and the Black Sea in Early Morning

Amazing view from a parking area at Alupkinskoye highway on the decorative castle “Swallow Nest” rising on the Aurora Cliff above the blue waters of the Black Sea in early summer morning. The small, neo-Gothic decorative castle was built in Gaspra (13 km from Yalta by car) in 1911-1912 closer in style to various German Gothic castle follies, such as Lichtenstein Castle, specifically to catch visitors’ attention with its fairy tale appearance. It is the most famous landmark and symbol of Crimea.

Photo #005 taken on August 14, 2019 in Gaspra on the 4th day of the adventure trip “Discovering Crimea in 6 Days” with my dear clients from Hong Kong, Esther and Ricky.

Album: Swallow’s Nest Castle in Gaspra

Categories: Architectural

Tags: #Swallow’s Nest #castles #Gaspra #Crimea #Russia #architecture #Black Sea #landmarks #symbols #museums #Neo-Gothic #decorative #fairytale

Woman-Sphinx with a Ball at Massandra Palace

Woman-Sphinx with a Ball at Massandra Palace

Sculpture of a woman-sphinx with a ball at the facade of Massandra Palace located on the Southern coast of Crimea
Front angle view of a sculpture of the woman-sphinx with a ball at Southern facade of Massandra Palace near Yalta, Crimea. The palace was built at the end of 19th century in the style of Louis XIII of France (French chateaux of the Renaissance) and belonged to Russian Emperor Alexander III.

Photo #060 taken on May 02, 2017

Album: Massandra Estate

Categories: Architectural

Tags: #Crimea #Massandra #Massandra Palace #Russia #sculptures #sphinx #woman-spinx #architecture

Sailing in the Sea – Neo-Gothic castle “Swallow’s Nest”

Sailing in the Sea - Neo-Gothic castle "Swallow's Nest"

The view details of the architecture of a neo-gothic castle “Swallow’s Nest” (Russian: Lastochkino Gnezdo) in Gaspra from a back side. It looks like the decorative castle is sailing to the Black sea.

Swallow’s Nest is the symbol of the south coast of Crimea located between Yalta and Alupka. The beautiful castle was constructed on a rock by design of the Russian architect Leonid Sherwood between 1911 and 1912 on money commissioned from the owner of this land, Baron von Steingel, a Baltic German noble who had made a fortune extracting oil in Baku, acquired the timber cottage and within a year had it replaced with the current building almost within a year.

In 2011, after 3 months of restoration work estimated to cost $150,000 USD, it was opened as museum. The Swallow’s Nest is one of the most popular visitor attractions in the Crimea, becoming the symbol of the Crimea’s southern coastline.

Photo #032 taken on September 12, 2013

Album: Swallow’s Nest Castle in Gaspra

Categories: Architectural

Tags: #Castle #Crimea #Gaspra #Russia #Swallow’s Nest #Lastochkino Gnezdo #Neo-Gothic #castels #Black Sea #architecture