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Swallow's Nest is a symbol of the Crimea.

The Swallows' Nest castle is located some 8 miles west of Yalta. It was built on top of the cliff, thus the name, in 1912. It was actually the villa of a rich German industrialist who wanted his summer retreat to be built like a Reine castle.

In 1927 there was a strong earthquake in Yalta and part of the rock underneath the castle fell into the sea. The building was closed to visitors for years until in the seventies the restoration works started and later an Italian restaurant was opened there. The restaurant is pretty expensive, maybe one of the most expensive in Yalta, but the service is good, the view is excellent and you can listen classical music instead "sound pollution" like in the most another restaurants.

The Crimea (Krym in ukrainian) is a wonderful part of Ukraine. Some scientists call it "the Earth in the miniature". Vast wild steppes and high cliffs, the orchards and dead saline soils, plantations of roses and snow in the mountains - one can find everything here. The history of this land is even more rich that its nature and the whole Crimea happens to be a unique historical-cultural preserve.
This peninsula was populated from time immemorial. Its earliest settlers - the Cimmerians - lived here in the 15th-7th cc B.C. The coastal and mountainous regions were inhabited by the Taurians after whom the peninsula was named Taurica. In the 4 c. B.C. the Crimea became the land of the Scythian kingdom. Here main civilisations of antiquity (Ancient Greek and Roman, Persian and Judaic) and of the Middle Ages (Byzantine, Moslem, Italian, Kyiv Rus and Armenian) met and came into contact with traditions of indigenous people.

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Additional Photos by Dan Sochirca (deud) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 500 W: 13 N: 116] (1920)
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