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Swallow's Nest (Ласточкино гнездо)

Swallow's Nest

 

 

Location: 6 mi Southwest of Yalta  Map

Constructed: 1911- 1912

 

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Description of the Swallow's Nest

 

Swallow's 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 stands.

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Transportation

 

 

Hotels, motels and where to sleep

 

 

Restaurant, taverns and where to eat

 

 

Cultural (and not so cultural) events

 

 

Interesting information and useful tips

 

 

 

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