Thursday, May 26, 2011

CRIMEA ~Gaspra-Swallow's Nest Castle~

Thanks a lot Alex for this gorgeous fairytale looking castle with a wonderful name "Swallow's Nest" and in an amazing seting !!
It now appears to be a very expensive Italian restaurant...
As Crimea is an autonomous republic of Ukraine, located on the northern coast of the Black Sea, I think I can consider it as a new place...:D

The "Swallow's Nest Castle" stands on the Rock of Aurora,40 meters (130 feet) above the Black Sea. It is known that it was built by a retired general, a participant of the Russian-Turkish war and he was a really romantic person, because only a romantic could have the strength to build a castle as Swallow's Nest, called "Castle of Love”. It was built in the spirit of chivalrous times. Its house is decorated with towers, steeples, balconies, windows of Gothic forms and battlements.

Gaspra is a village, situated on the southern coast of Crimea. It is a part of Great Yalta. The name of Gaspra comes from the Greek "Aspres" - white.

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