The Swallow’s Nest

The Swallow’s Nest is perhaps the most visited place in Crimea, like the Red Square in Moscow, as a tourist attraction it is an architectural and historical monument, designed in the style of a medieval castle, hanging with a 40 meter cliff in Cape Ai-Todor, near Yalta. The Swallow’s Nest has been regarded as a symbol of the peninsula despite the fact that its existence, in general, is not such a prominent history; The definitive form of this structure was received in the 30’s of the last century.


The history of these places has its roots in antiquity. At the beginning of a new era, here was a Roman fort, and the monastery of St. Theodore was built in the Middle Ages. The first mention of the structure on the coastal cliff between Livadia and Mishor appeared in one of the local history reference books about the Crimean War in 1895. According to the author, the owner (his name remains unknown) showed his cold blood unprecedented, building a house on a cliff while the Swallow’s Nest, better known as the love castle, looked different: it was a single-storey house of ordinary wood.

After a while, this villa passed several times from hand to hand until it was acquired by Baron Rudolf Stengel. It was he who gave the Swallow’s Nest some changes to take on the form of today. The flat wood house became a picturesque Gothic castle with a tower and ogival windows.

¿What can you see?

The authentic interiors of the Swallow’s Nest were lost in the 20th century, a few years after the construction, in the castle grounds the exhibitions and conventions are in operation. It houses a great variety of exhibitions, updated every 2 months, with exposed archaeological artefacts, paintings from the 17th and 20th centuries, old postcards and photos.

Some movies were made here, such as “Ten Little Indians” in a Gaspra setting. The Swallow’s Nest can also be seen in the movie “The Blue Bird”, “The Pan Academy” and “Mio, Mio”.
To the right of the castle, on the rocks, is the “Tree of Wishes” decorated with ribbons, symbolizing the desire of the tourists.

Practical information

Address: Yalta, SMT. Gapsra, 9a alupka road.
Hours: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., closed on Monday. The territory adjacent to the Swallow’s Nest is open to the public for free.

The station of the Yalta bus stop “Sanatorium Parus”, is near the point of interest. Another option to reach the Swallow’s Nest is on a boat excursion from the sea station.

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