Nest is located 6 mi Southwest of
Yalta, near a village of Gaspra on the Crimean Peninsula of Russia.
You can get to the Swallow's Nest by bus, shuttle, trolley from Gaspra. However the most popular transport is by renting a boat.
There is a small pier at the base of the cliff where Swallow's Nest
History of the Swallow's Nest
The structure that you see today was constructed
in 1911- 12 following the design of Leonid Sherwood. The original
structure was constructed earlier in 1895 for the Russian
general, hero of Russian- Turkish war. He ordered a construction
of a personal residence on top of 40 meter (130 feet) Aurora
Cliff overlooking Cape Ai Todor. The resident was passed to A.K.
Tobin, a court doctor of the Russian Emperor. His widow sold the
estate to another widow Rachmanina, who called her new home
"Swallow's Nest" that stuck with the location since then. Then
it was acquired by Baron von Steingel, Baltic German noble, who
struck rich extracting Baku oil of the Caspian sea. The design
of the Swallow's Nest was influenced by Belem Tower in Lisbon,
Portugal as well as
Miramare Castle in Italy. A lavish garden was surrounded the
residence of the magnate. Amazingly this neo- Gothic castle
survived World War II and several earthquakes that however
destroyed much of the garden that once surrounded it. In 1968
the base of the cliff was significantly strengthen by concrete
and iron. Today it is open to the public. Several Soviet and
international movies were made on this location.