Alupka Palace (Vorontsov Palace) Yalta, Ukraine
The Alupka Palace is better known as the Vorontsov Palace to the locals. It was built for Count Michael Vorontsov and it took 23 years to build. The Palace is very interesting from an architectural design perspective.
Interesting facts about the Palace include:
– The eminent architect who designed the Palace was Edward Blore, the same architect who designed parts of Buckingham Palace, St. James Palace and many other important buildings in England and Scotland. Edward Blore designed the Alupka Palace without ever visiting the site.
– Lining the steps on the south side are the six famous white lions by Italian sculptor Bonani, who also did some marble sculptures in the Old Capitol building in Washington, DC. One of these lions is named the Churchill Lion. Winston Churchill was reputed to have said that that particular lion looked like him.