Swallow’s Nest Castle

A great architectural wonder built on the edge of a cliff.

Swallow’s Nest is an ornamental castle built in Yalta, Crimea peninsula, Ukraine, built between 1911-1912 by Russian architect Leonid Sherwood. It lies on the 130foot-high Aurora Cliff, overlooking the Black Sea. Over time it has been a restaurant, a reading club headquarters and, lately, a very popular tourist attraction. In 1927 it survived a strong earthquake (between 6 and 7 on the Richter scale) with only a few decorative elements falling in the sea, but the cliff itself developed a huge crack, so access to the Swallow’s Nest was restricted for almost 40 years. In 1968 the castle was renovated and a monolithic concrete plate console was used to strengthen the cliff.

I love the way it looks, but I wouldn’t feel comfortable visiting a place that looks like it could fall into the see any second.











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  • mehrdad Posted on April 28, 2008

    this pictuers is very nice.
    good luck

  • armin Posted on April 30, 2008

    very nice place

  • blaah Posted on April 30, 2008

    nice building
    but very very stupid at the same time.
    the rock on which the castle is built will erode over time. this place will collapse into the sea one day.
    still cool though 🙂

  • Lilith Diabolique Posted on October 11, 2008

    What a beautiful and unique place!!! I’d love to live in a castle…just to imagine waking up every morning facing that spectacular view….simply awesome…it takes my breath away…

  • appaloosa Posted on October 27, 2008

    OMG…beautiful, but have to agree, not very safe looking. sure its been there awhile, and thats what bothered me. would love to own it tho, the sea is grand and all those rocks to explore…wonderful.

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