"Alupka and its Palace" Alupka by Kuznetsov_Sergey

Alupka Travel Guide: 24 reviews and 136 photos

If you are visiting Yalta don’t miss a travel west to Alupka village one of the most beautiful Crimean resorts. Known as Alupka Palace, this architectural marvel was built between 1828 and 1846 by Mikhail Vorontsov, the Governor- General of Novorossiya.

The Count Vorontsov was brought up in England and the palace was designed to be an imitation of an English mansion. The opposite side shows strong Byzantine influence, both architecturally and its interior decor.

Designed by English architects the building is a bizarre combination of Scottish castle and Arabic fantasy in the setting of an exotic park. Each case of the palace reminds the certain epoch. The whole Palace represents complete art ensemble, being the many-sided and interesting phenomenon in architecture.

It is difficult to find in Crimea a more popular and more beautiful place to visit. The park itself is a real masterpiece of garden art.
The bold, unusual design and original architecture, as well as marble lion sculptures lend it an inimitable character.
The immense park around the palace is one of the finest on the Southern Coast of Crimea.


That was my trip in January of 2007
Ukraine-Crimea:
1) Simferopol',
2) Yalta,
3) Livadia,
4) Massandra,
5) Alupka,
6) Nikita,
7) Sevastopol'


  • Last visit to Alupka: Jan 2007
  • Intro Updated Apr 13, 2007
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  • ZiOOlek's Profile Photo
    Aug 21, 2011 at 12:40 PM

    Great information. I am visiting Crimea in one week and will stay in Alupka. :)

  • JLBG's Profile Photo
    Sep 25, 2009 at 1:18 PM

    This is indeed an amazing place and the style is unexpected! Splendid Parks! Wow, Swallow's Nest looks breathtaking!

  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Oct 20, 2007 at 11:24 AM

    Terrific travelogues. I just so enjoyed learning about the Alupka Palace, the castle, lighthouse, park, Italian Gardens, and the lovely Italian Marble lions. Great use of "hidden" photos.

  • ATXtraveler's Profile Photo
    Apr 6, 2007 at 12:20 PM

    I really love that Black and White picture of the 80's! Best of luck in Egypt, Enshallah!

  • HORSCHECK's Profile Photo
    Apr 1, 2007 at 6:22 AM

    Sergey, another interesting page of yours. I think Crimea will be one of my next destinations after my first visit to Ukraine in two month (Kiev, Lviv). Keep up teh good work and have a lovely Sunday ... :-)

  • matcrazy1's Profile Photo
    Mar 30, 2007 at 10:02 AM

    Wonderful page and travelogues! A must see for me! I remember well black and white picture of the Swallow Nest from my geography school book.

  • Trekki's Profile Photo
    Mar 29, 2007 at 10:50 PM

    Wow, this is indeed a strange palace - a bit deja vu for me, after Uzbekistan and yes, Buckingham Palace too :-) Very interesting also the historical story - indeed a must see on Crimea :-)) morning smiles from here :-)

  • Bwana_Brown's Profile Photo
    Mar 29, 2007 at 4:49 AM

    Wow, Vorontsovsky Palace and Alupka Park are both spectacular! The joining of English and Arabic styles is quite an idea. I loved those huge trees amid the open lawns of the park. Great pic of you in 1980 - too bad about the Olympic boycotts back then.

  • traveldave's Profile Photo
    Mar 28, 2007 at 8:12 AM

    The palace is impressive, but I think the gardens are more interesting. And the Ai-Petri Mountain is spectacular.

  • globetrott's Profile Photo
    Mar 27, 2007 at 1:58 PM

    What a wonderful palace, Sergey ! I remember Swallow nest, but I also saw it just from a distance !

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