“Polyana skazok” Field of fairytales and private zoo plazza
One the same plaza located” Polyana skazok”- open air museum of sculptures from fairy tales mostly Russian and Ukrainian,, but also International ones, and Zoo (it’s a private one, but has a big collection for private zoological park).Both places are pleasure for kids considering the fact you can buy food for animals and feed them little snacks. The sculptures are very interesting for people who loves art and tales ,as for kids ,in one of huts on chicken’s leg surprise is awaiting for youngsters-you can call for witches and they will goof around with you, of cause if you have a strong voice to manage them out of warm house.
In 1811 the order was signed to lay out a State Botanical garden. The first director was a talented scientist H.H. Steven .The grounds of local area near Greek village Nikita was cleaned of rocks and thorny plants and new layer of fertile soil were put on top of it by soldiers and sailors. The area of garden is huge! The same is collections from local plants to worldwide-India, Australia, China, Japan and more. Every year they organize the “Ball of Hrizantema” (daises or margarite family flowers) or ‘Flower Show“. They have carpets of them. It’s so beautiful! It’ s worth visiting the old botanical garden only for shows, not mentioning the gorgeous and luxury garden itself.
The masterpiece of architecture, a fairytale in stone was made in accordance with plans and pictures of talented British architect Edward Blore, who had never been on the site and learned about area only by pictures and reports. The palace was ordered by Russian general governor of Novorossiysk region M. S. Vorontsov. The palace itself is a unique combination of several styles. The western passage reminds a medieval street with tall walls, tiny windows and strong towers. Northern side of the house looks like a knight castle. The Southern side, that faces Turkish side of the Black sea, is built in a Asian style. One of the niche has a sign “There’s no other winner ,except Allah” from Muslim Holy book Koran, that fulfill the whole Arabian style. The wide staircase leads from this exit down to the park grounds. On both side of stair case decorated with big lions statues. One of the guest dining rooms has frames that ends on top with crosses, but it was just decoration and styles, non in the palace was planned to show something religious. There mansion was built from 1828 to 1848 .It was a time of slavery, but crafted and gifted people who were very talented and hard workers were even paid salary, the carved stones for building the house by hand from local hard rock. The blue room is my favorite ,it‘s very light and bright at the same time. It decorated with flowers made out white plaster and none of which look like another one. Huge blue vases were use as air fresheners, by adding oil in them. There were a cooler in a guest room -a big tub with metal inside , they filled it with ice and put bottles with beverages in it. Also there is a fountain that worked as air conditioner in a hot Crimean summers. The sculptures in a winter garden are copies of a famous ones. The best copy is a little girl, every detail of her face is carved perfectly. This palace was build ,registered on the conditions that it could be only inherited by men’s side ,not sold .There were times when it was hard to decide who is the owner ,because some lines didn’t have descendents. After revolution the palace became the property of Government. The present heir live in Boston, the USA.
In 1911 the state of old general , who participated in Russian -Turkish war ,located on a top aof the cliff and called “castle of love” was bought from merchant Romanova by oil magnate Baron fon Schtengel. He built a little castle in Gothic style with little towers and named it ’Swallows Nest” in 1912. 2 years after merchant Shalaputin bought it from the oil- magnate and opened a restaurant in it. In 1927 there was an earthquake that damaged the cliff .40 years later it was restored and new restaurant was open again. Nowadays it’s expensive Italian restaurant and I didn’t sea anyone inside during day time, maybe you will be lucky enough to try it ,I didn‘t risk., but enjoyed the view . The cliff is 40 meters tall and very stiff.
Palace in Livadia.
In 1860 tsar Alexander II made a royal present for his wife Maria Alexandrovna - Livadia estate in Crimea. She was sick and had to spend winters on the South. Architect Monigetti was ordered to rebuild new property of old owner count Pototsky and he build 60 new building there, including Big and Small palaces and a church. The Small palace didn’t survive till present days and resembled Bakhchysarai palace, the church was build in Byzantium style. There was memorial pillar of Russian -Crimean war made out a marble at the times of tsar Alexander II. After Alexander’s death the palace was inherited by Nicholas II, the condition of which was deplorable and he decided to destroy old building and build brand new ones. Architect N.P.Krasnov built the new palace in Renaissance style with elements of Byzantium, Arabian and Gothic architecture in 17 months. The white building looks very light surrounded by beautiful park grounds. The most beautiful corner of the palace is an Italian garden with marble carved benches.
The church is very beautiful .Three generations of tsars prayed there: Alexander II, Alexander III and Nicholas II. The interior of the church was created by Italian artist Izello. During restoration Krasnov added just a tiny changes: the portal of the church was decorated by mosaic icon “Archangel Gabriel“.The church was a witness of very important events ion Russian history: Funeral service for Alexander III, Nicholas II took an oath and his bride Alice Gessenskaya was baptized here and became Alexandra. During the Soviet times the church was a club, storage and museum. In 1991 the services were restored again. It was magically and excitedly awesome to pray at the royal church and you still can feel this divine aura presenting their.
A Wax Figures Museum has each tourist center respecting itself. As Livadia is impregnated by history, it was natural to see such a museum in several halls of the Livadia Palace.
In the first hall the exposition devoted to the Yalta conference of 1945 is exposed. Three heads of the states of the coalition - Franklin Roosevelt, Winston Churchill and Joseph Stalin are presented sitting in armchairs as on the well-known photo. Quality of wax figures is very high. The guide has paid our attention to eyes of figures. They really look as alive. Eyes were made in the best Russian eye clinic.
In the second hall the family of the last Russian Emperor Nikolay II is presented. The Emperor sits on a distance. His spouse Alexandra Fiodorovna, four daughters - Olga, Tatiana, Maria and Anastasia, and also the successor of the throne Alexei are presented together as in the known photo of the august family. At the distance there is the figure of ominous Gregory Rasputin. The excursion is accompanied by a soundtrack of parade of imperial armies on which only one phrase of emperor Nikolay was kept. An orchestra plays. You may hear a song by Janna Bichevskaya which she sing accompanied a guitar.
The composition makes very strong impression.
The entrance fee is 15 UAH ($3). You can also get a museum brochure at the souvenir shop that you can't miss leaving the Livadia Palace Museum (thanks Victor for your corrections!).
The palace church in honor of was constructed at Alexander II. It has conceived as a treasury and storehouse of religious relics of the Russian imperial house. It has been incorporated in 1862 and reconstructed under the project of the professor of architecture I.A.Monigetti from Pototsky's Catholic chapel - former owners of the manor.
It adjoins the palace from the western side. Krasnov has been forced to keep and include it in a composition of the palace ensemble. And though it is not quite coordinated with the general architecture of the building, it is necessary to give due to the author of the project who managed enough dexterously "to hide" it.
There is a lovely Chekhov museum in Yalta (the white dasha), where he spent the latter part of his (ill) life. However, the Lonely Planet guide books forgets to tell you that on the walk up to this museum, there is also another Chekhov museum. This is a house where Chekhov did stay, but not the big museum. It is only 2 rooms, one of Ukrainian/Russian writing and pictures, and the other with a desk by a window kitted out as it would be in Chekhovs day. This is a lovely little museum, but a bit pricey for the minimal things to see. So if you are walking up vul Kirova to the main museum, it is not the first Chekhov sign you see!!! Instead keep on going up the hill and it is the second one (quite a way up, but a beautiful walk).