Alupka is a
resort town, situated 17 km
to the west of Yalta.
It is famous for the Vorontsov's Palace, designed by English architect Edward
Blore in mixture of Scottish baronial and Neo-Moorish styles and
built in 1828–1846 for prince Mikhail Semyonovich Vorontsov.
first founded as an Greek settlement. After the Greeks, Alupka came under control of the Byzantine
Empire. The first written mention of Alupka dates to 960 in a document about the
Byzantine Emperor Romanos II. Later on, Alupka was controlled by the Crimean
Tatars. After the Crimean campaigns, the city came into possession of Grigori
Alexandrovich Potemkin, governor-general of the Novorossiya Krai. In 1798, the
city had a population of 211, consisting mainly of farmers. In the end of XIXth
century and beginning of the XXth Alupka was a famous resort. In the middle of
XIXth century it was even more popular, than Yalta, mostly because of the work of Governor
of NovoRossia - Mikhail Vorontsov, who build here a Palace.
Palace was designed by the English architect Edward Blore built in
English-style park on the territory
of the Vorontsov's Palace was constructed from 1824 to 1851, and was envisioned, designed, created, and maintained by Chief Botanist
of the Southern Coast of the Crimea, Carolus
During the Yalta
Conference, the palace
the residence of Sir Winston Churchill and his English delegation.
located at the foot of the 1234
meter Ai-Petri (St Peter) Mountain of the Crimean
Mountain Chain. Since 1987,
a three kilometer cable car, one of the longest in
Europe and split into two stages, carries passengers to and from the mountain,
providing visitors with excellent views of the surrounding area and the Black Sea.