Swallow’s Nest Castle on the rock, Gaspra.-Crimea

Castles are already pretty spectacular but put one on top of a mountain or hanging over the edge of a cliff and they get elevated to fairytale status. From Scotland to Syria, the amazing architecture and jaw-dropping views are sure to impress any traveler.

The first structure built atop Aurora cliff was a small house that was constructed in 1877. Legend has it that the owner chose this spot because of the perfect peace and privacy it afforded him. Ownership of the property passed twice: once to a physician of the Russian Tsar in 1895, and then to a Baron von Stiengel. The baron hired architect Vsevolod Sherwood to build a romantic castle on the cliff, and in 1910 Swallow’s Nest — sometimes called the “Fortress of Love” — was born.

Following another major renovation in 2011, Swallow’s Nest Castle became a public museum. Elegant and seemingly weightless as it hovers over the Black Sea, Crimea’s “Fortress of Love” is now 100 years old. It stands today as a fairytale reminder of days gone by, and a symbol of the jewel-like beauty of the Crimean Black Sea coast.

Because the elaborate turrets, pinnacles, and battlements of this remarkable structure were created for decorative, rather than protective purposes, Swallow’s Nest is not technically a castle. However, there’s no doubt that this tiny masterpiece would make the perfect home for any fairytale princess.

The first structure built a top Aurora cliff was a small house that was constructed in 1877. Legend has it that the owner chose this spot because of the perfect peace and privacy it afforded him. Ownership of the property passed twice: once to a physician of the Russian Tsar in 1895, and then to a Baron von Stiengel. The baron hired architect Vsevolod Sherwood to build a romantic castle on the cliff, and in 1910 Swallow’s Nest — sometimes called the “Fortress of Love” — was born.

Once considered the “Russian Riviera,” Ukraine’s Black Sea coast stretches like a gorgeous turquoise ribbon along the Crimean peninsula. Despite its seemingly endless, dramatic cliffs, breathtakingly beautiful beaches, and nearly perfect climate, this vacation paradise has remained largely unknown to tourists outside of Eastern Europe. And the jewel in this crown of the Ukraine? It has to be Swallow’s Nest Castle, the tiny Neo-Gothic gem lightly perched on Aurora cliff overlooking the Crimean Black Sea.

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