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Swallow's Nest, a Seaside Love Castle in Crimea

25. November 2009 by Michelle 0 Comments

One of the most popular tourist attractions in Crimea is the Swallow's Nest Castle, which sits atop the Aurora Cliff overlooking the Black Sea.

 

Many marriage proposals to beautiful Ukrainian women happen here since the breathtaking views make it a very romantic spot. Before the castle was built in 1911 by Russian architect Leonid Sherwood, it was actually a small wooden cottage called the "Love Castle". 

 

In it's early years, the seaside castle housed a restaurant and a reading club, but due to an earthquake in 1927, the cliff became cracked and the castle was closed to the public for 40 years. Renovation began in 1968 and an Italian restaurant opened in 1971. Vistors can enjoy European and Italian dishes and desserts, then admire the amazing views of the Yalta coastline from the observation deck.