Massandra Palace

Massandra Palace information

Location
East of Yalta
Telephone
+ 321 728
Prices
adult/student 70/35uah
Opening hours
10.30am-6pm Tue-Sun May-Oct, to 3.30pm Nov-Apr
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A cutesy hunting lodge built to resemble a French chateau, the turreted palace was completed by Tsar Alexander III in 1889. It's better known, however, for what it became: Stalin's summer dacha .

The restored palace contains paintings and antique furniture, although the surrounding parkland is probably more beautiful. Outside there are sphinxes with female heads guarding a pretty pond with water lilies and an Art Nouveau power-station building.

The palace is best visited by taxi (30uah). Otherwise, take trolleybus 2 or 3, heading uphill opposite the Yalta main bus station and ask the driver to drop you at the turn-off to the palace. Cross the road (carefully!) and walk uphill for about 20 minutes.