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Swallow's Nest, Gaspra

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Perched right on the edge of a rocky cliff above the ocean, Swallow's Nest stands as one of the region's (and Ukraine's) most popular sights and most recognizable symbols. Originally built in 1912 by a wealthy German, the "castle" boasts ornate Neo-Gothic architecture. Visit the manor house and take a peek over the railing at the 40 m (130 ft) drop that descends directly into the Black Sea. Wander the grounds to take advantage of the panoramic view (the interior of the building is off-limits). Keep in mind that the hike from the parking lot to the structure is a long one, so wear comfortable shoes. Put Swallow's Nest into our Gaspra itinerary planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • Great views from the top, when we visited there was a lot of maintenance going on is it part these things have to be done and will be worth it for follow visitors  more »
  • Definitely a "must-see"object, if one is nearby. You can go well also, but we've looked at small and easy bolt shroud only from the outside. It changes color depending on the weather conditions. With good weather and Sunshine's lit in white, we were unlucky and the stone looks rather gray. But nice anyway.
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  • Swallow's nest, built in pseudo-Gothic style, reminiscent of Knight's Castle. Battlements with Lancet Windows, climb the ledges to the crowning all round three-tiered tower structure with spires, architectural monument, situated on a steep 40-metre cliff of Cape AI-Todor in the village of Gaspra. Previously on this site was a wooden structure, which German oilman Baron Shteyngel in 1911 year broke, and in 1912 year in its place was built the original romantic miniature Castle, reminiscent of medieval buildings on the banks of the Rhine. The building itself is 12 meters high is located on the base of a width of 10 m and a length of 20 m 2-story tower over the cliff, there is an entrance hall, living room, stairs and two bedrooms. It is currently used as the romantic castle-the ideal scenery for spectacular stunts. People can go up to the observation deck and enjoy the views of Yalta and Yalta Bay.
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  • I was there in 2009. It is really stunning. I don't intend to return there in the future. I want to remember that place as Ukrainian !!!!
  • must see this amazing place
  • Visit in 2007 cool place
  • Extremly interesting and unique. Ideal tourist destination except I found all signage and coversations in Russian with no possibility of explanations I requested during my visit. Requires much more promotion for travellers
  • Beautiful place - good for pictures!