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Yalta, Ukraine

Yalta is the legendary resort of the Crimean Coast. The city boasts spacious parks, elegant mansions that date from the days of the Tsars, and a spectacular coastline with forested cliffs and glorious beaches. Yalta is also a city of destiny. First mentioned in 12th-century chronicles, the city has been a colony of Genoa, a pawn of the Ottoman Empire, and finally an integral part of the Russian Empire. In 1945, American President Franklin Roosevelt, English Prime Minister Winston Churchill, and Russian leader Josef Stalin met at nearby Livadia Palace to determine the fate of Europe after World War II.

Yalta was Imperial Russia's version of the Cote d'Azur. Today, many of the elegant palaces and mansions are home to spas, hotels and rest centers catering to workers and Westerners alike.

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  • Livadia Palace Livadia Palace

    The former residence of the Romanov family with 116 rooms, the Palace is also world-renowned as the site of the Yalta Conference in 1945.

  • Alupka Palace Alupka Palace

    A splendid combination of Scottish Baronial, Gothic Revival and Moorish Revival architectural styles, the Palace was designed by noted 19th century architect Edward Blore.

  • Massandra Palace Massandra Palace

    An architectural gem designed to look like a 19th century French chateau, the Palace was just one of the summer homes built for Russia's Romanov family and later used by Stalin.

  • Sevastopol Sevastopol

    Located in the southwestern part of the Crimean Peninsula, starting with Panorama museum and ending with the former top-secret submarine base nearby, Sevastopol is a vivid illustration of the glorious military past of the region.

  • Swallows Nest Observation platform Swallows Nest Observation platform

    Built in 1911 to resemble a medieval castle, Swallow's Nest is perched high on a cliff; its observation deck offers spectacular views of the shoreline and castle.

  • Cross-Exaltation Church Cross-Exaltation Church

    Family Church of the Romanovs, built in neo-Byzantine style by architect Monighetti in 1866, is famous for being the church where Princess Alice of Hessen (future Russian Empress) recognized Russian Orthodox religion.

  • St. Michael Church St. Michael Church

    St. Michael church is built on the slope of the mountain over the Tsar's Path in the area of Livadia and famous for picturesque view of the South Coastline unfolding from the nearby observation platform.

  • Submarine Base Museum Submarine Base Museum

    This former submarine repair plant in Balaklava was built into a massive carved-out hillside. At over 161,000 square feet, the plant was big enough to hold seven submarines, some of which could even carry nuclear weapon and 3,000 people. Dismantled after the Soviet Union's collapse in 1991, this once-secret base is now an operational museum.

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