Massandra Palace is situated between Alushta and Yalta on the highway Big Yalta, Crimea. Massandra Palace was the residence of the Russian Emperor Alexander III. The palace was built in 1881 near the church of the Assumption of St. John the Baptist by Prince, SM Vorontsov. The palace was built in the style of Louis XIII, under the French architect Bouchard, so the palace is often called the "Lesser of Versailles". After the death of Prince Vorontsov, the construction of the palace was stoped till 1889, when Massandra Palace was purchased by the specific agency. In 1892, the palace was done by the architect Mesmahera.
The new architect provided the place’s building with expressive style, a square and two round towers, peaked roofs, attics and a romantic front staircase, terraces, open galleries, balconies. At the palace’s and park’s balconies and terraces there are established decorative vases and sculptures depicting Greek gods, sphinxes, chimeras, satyrs, vases, tall columns, statues and fountains. The final version of the palace acquired the character of early Baroque architecture. In the decoration of interior design elements were used a variety of styles - Romanesque, Gothic, Baroque, Rococo, Classicism. Each of the rooms was given its own unique artistic image. Mesmaher formed one of the most wonderful and interesting complex including the Massandra Palace and the Massandra Park.
The Massandra Palace has three floors, the central front is designed with a pyramidal roof, decorative exterior elements. The palace is surrounded by a beautiful park, that forms an architectural monument of landscape. There are more than 250 species of trees, along with the most spectacular species of the Crimean flora, also exotic plants. In Soviet times it was used as a summer residence for government officials of the USSR, afterwards it belonged to the museum association "Palaces and Parks of the Southern coast of Crimea." You should definitely honor yourself with the pleasure to see one of the most fabulous palaces in the architectural plan of the South Coast, Massandra Palace.
By Natasha Prijilevschi
The most impressive palaces in Crimea .
Crimea is the unique place in Ukraine that can easily impress you with its wonderful landscapes, spectacular natural monuments and also with its amazing palaces, which are recognised as cultural inheritance.
You should definitely know more about these unique places and the best way is by visiting them.
Massandra Palace - Tourist attraction
Massandra Palace - Winter view
Massandra Palace - Open galleries
Massandra Palace - Romantic ambiance
Massandra Palace - Elegant furniture
Massandra Palace - Park reserve
Massandra Palace - Evpressive interior
Massandra Palace - Exclusive style