Massandra Palace is one of the most important monuments
architecture of the Crimea. It is not as popular and crowded as the other
famous palaces in Alupka and Livadia, but no less interesting.
Massandra Palace built in the suburb of Yalta, in the 19th century at the foot of
rocks, in a secluded place surrounded by forest. And though the palace itself
you cannot see any from the coast, passing close to any road,
with its terraces offer fantastic views of the sea ...
Construction started in 1881, and Count Vorontsov erected it in the middle of a wonderful park castle in the spirit of the French revival. But plans for the prince was destined to fail, just one year after the start of construction, Vorontsov died.
Construction of Massandra Palace halted for a long time, and life
here came to a standstill until 1889, when the unfinished manor and castle was
purchased for Emperor Alexander III. But the beauty
and brilliance of the castle in its final form was not destined for the emperor.
He died a year later in another of his residence, the Livadia Palace.
After the death of the king, his son decided to finish the palace in memory of his father,
but the royal family did not live there. During the Soviet era
there was a sanatorium and in the postwar years Massandra Palace
became the state dacha. Until 1990 the party elite
and senior state officials vacationed here, and in 1992, Massandra Palace
became a museum
Tens of thousands of tourists every year come to admire the fabulous
Massandra is splendor of a park and monument of landscape
art, which occupies almost 42 hectares.
To get here you can drive from Yalta by trolleybus to the stop