Alupka Palace At Last!

Jon Ayres

Moscow, Russian Federation

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After hikingup the hillside, through the palace garden, we finally reach Alupka Palace. Alupka Palace was built by the famous British architect Edward Blor for the gvernor general of Novorossiysk territory, Count M. S. Vorontsov. It took twenty years to complete, from 1828 to 1848. Each side of the palace represents a different place and time, the western side has the Shuvalovskiy passage which looks like a medieval town with high defense walls, strong towers and narrow embankments. The northern side looks like a knights castle with toothed walls, domes and fire place chimneys. The southern side has an Middle East and Indian look,, high portals, deep niche decorated with Middle Eastern ornaments, decorative balconies and slim towers-minarets on the sides. There is a broad staircase with three pairs of marble lions guarding

It was here that Winston Churhill stayed during the Yalta Conference towards the end of WWII. Churchill took a liking to one of the marble lions on the staircase, he thought the lion’s face looked like his face and he asked Stalin to give him the lion, but Stalin refused, knowing that the lion was part of this palace’s history. You can see in this photo the southern side of the palace

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