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Alupka Palace and Park

Alupka Palace and Park Museum-Reserve was created as a museum in 1990 and today is a subordinate institution of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Crimea. The museum-reserve includes the Vorontsov Palace Museum, the Alupka Park Monument of landscape gardening art and the Massandra Palace Museum of Alexander III. On the territory of the museum-reserve there are numerous monuments of cultural heritage, reflecting romantic trends in the palace and park architecture of the first half of the XIX century.

The palace complex of the Vorontsov Palace in Alupka, consisting of five buildings, was built in 1828-1848. designed by the English architect Eduard Blor (1789-1879) for the Governor General of the Novorossiysk Territory Count M.S. Vorontsov (1782-1856). The ceremonial halls of the palace, decorated in the style of a traditional English interior, almost completely retained their original decoration. The unique originality of the Blue living room gives the finest stucco ornament of flowers and leaves. The decoration of the lobby and the main dining room is reminiscent of the decoration of knightly halls in medieval castles. In the Winter Garden from old plants preserved ficus repens, curling along the walls. The halls display paintings and sculptures by Russian and Western European masters, various objects of decorative and applied art.
Part of the interior exposition is the “House of Count A.P. Shuvalov "," The cabinet of Count I.I. Vorontsova-Dashkova "and" Cabinet of the commandant of the State. Cottages ”, telling about different periods in the life of the palace and museum. They are located in the Shuvalovsky wing and the Guest building. Permanent exhibitions are also placed here: “A gift from Professor V.N. Golubeva ”,“ Paris Archive ”,“ Poetry of the landscape. The works of People's Artist of Ukraine Ya. A. Basov (1914-2004).
In the premises of the Economic Building, the expositions “Vorontsovskaya Kitchen”, “Dvoretsky's Apartment” and the exhibition hall “Under the Plane Tree” were created.
The southern terraces of the palace are decorated with Florentine fountains and vases. On the diabase staircase leading to the sea, originally installed sculptures of lions sculpted from Carrara marble in the workshop of Italian sculptor Bonanni.
The palace is surrounded by an ancient park, spread over an area of ​​more than 30 hectares. It successfully combines the features inherent in the largest landscape parks in Europe, and features due to the mountainous relief of Alupka. More than 200 species of exotic trees and plants grow here. The abundance of mountain springs was used to create artificial lakes and numerous cascades. Scenic mountain views open from the spacious glades. In the Lower Park near the sea in 1834, a Pavilion was later built in the Classicist style, later called the “Tea House”.