Monday, April 7, 2008

Livadia Palace: Road 3

Livadia Palace was the summer retreat for the last Russian Czar, Nicholas II and his family, in the city of Livadiya, Crimea in beautiful southern Ukraine. The architecture of the palace was built in white Crimean granite in the Neo-Renaissance style. The palace features an arched porch made out of marble, two enormous patios, a Florentine tower, large elaborate windows, a balcony, and is beautifully decorated with an art gallery. The palace consists of 116 rooms which are furnished and designed in different styles.

After being used as a summer home for the Russian Czar, Livadia Palace was used to hold the Yalta Conference in 1945. The Yalta Conference was a very important wartime conference where the leaders of the United States, England, and Russia, (Roosevelt, Churchill, and Stalin respectively) met to discuss on what to do with post-war Germany. 

Today, the palace houses a museum and is a major tourist attraction, but is also sometimes used by the Ukrainian authorities for international summits. The amazing architecture, location, and awe inspiring appeal makes Livadia Palace a perfect location for these summits. 

*This is a short clip and panoramic view of the front side of Livadia Palace. It is easy to notice the extreme beauty of this wonderful structure. It is most definitely fit for a Czar and his family. 


Evan Goldman said...

Thanks for the great post. I have been to a lot of palaces, castles, etc. in my travels and this is by far one of the nicest I've seen. The YouTube clip was really helpful for showing it's beauty-- better than a single picture for sure. Again, this was a wonderful post that really caught my eye.


Jessica said...

I also was very intrigued by your posting for this palace reminded me of the mansions in Newport Rhode Island. It has such a similarity to the Breakers mansion that now I wonder if the Breakers mansion was modeled after this palace. I advise to anyone interested in palaces to take a look at the Newport mansions website to compare and contrast to what you find in Ukraine.