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Ukraine’s Livadia Palace – A Monument of Modern History

31. December 2009 by Gregg 0 Comments

Nominated as a Monument of Modern History by Ukraine’s 10 Wonders Project, Livadia Palace – located in Crimea, Ukraine is an important edifice in Ukrainian history during the last Century. Construction began on the Neo-Renaissance-style building in 1910. It was completed in September of 1911. It was constructed on the order of Nicholas II, the last Tsar of Russia as a summer home for the Romanov family after the palace built by Alexander II that had previously been standing on the territory had been turn down. Nicholas had found himself impressed with Italian Renaissance palaces and that architectural style has heavily informed the design of the Livadia Palace.

 

After the fall of the Russian monarchy and the rise of the Soviet Union, Livadia’s White Palace itself has been used for a number of different purposes, but most notably for International Summits and meetings. After the end of the 2nd World War, the Yalta Conference – a large meeting between the Heads of State of The United States, The United Kingdom and the Soviet Union to discuss the rebuilding of Europe.

 

Nowadays, the Palace houses a vast museum about the history of Ukraine, although it is still occasionally called upon by the governments of Crimea and Ukraine as a place for International summits and events.