The court territory of the Palace of Alexander III

The working hours of the courtyard territory: From 7.00 to 20.00

“All the beauty is in the Upper Massandra” – so enthusiastically told travelers in the XIX century in the Crimea and were certainly advised to visit these amazing places. It is here, among relict groves, sacred mountains and picturesque reliefs, that a magnificent palace and park ensemble in a refined French style stretches. Fountains, sculptures, the very layout of the Massandra Palace, combined with majestic sequoias, firs, magnolias, many roses and a wide variety of flowers and climbing plants gave an extraordinary expressiveness to the court part of the park. Thanks to the evergreen shrubs and trees, the park, even in winter, looks elegant and lush. In the coldest months, the fruits of the horizontal dogwood turn purple on the lower alley. And with the first rays of the spring sun, when sometimes there is still snow, delicate snowdrops wake up. Veronica, forest violet, and honeydew are rushing to please them with their colors. The end of March falls on the flowering of forsythia, as well as multicolored primroses and copses appear, evergreen viburnum and meadowsweet bushes turn snow-white.

When the nature of the Upper Mountain Massandra departs from the cold and spring winds, the corners of the park begin to play with a riot of colors and aromas – Japanese quince, bobberry, white acacia, hawthorn, purple, lilac. A magnificent “living carpet” is formed by brightly flowering plants of carnations, snapdragons, calendulas, petunias and dahlias. In a large figured pool with a fountain, pink-and-white nymphs opened their water lilies.

In summer, irises, California poppies, hydrangeas and yucca begin to bloom, and fragrant lavender blooms, which has taken pride of place in the garden of aromas – on the field in front of the southern facade of the palace. All year round, the fragrance garden is filled with the indescribable smell of medicinal mountain herbs, medicinal plants and seasonal flowers.
At the entrance to the park, we are greeted by a small tree with a spreading crown and delicate pink-red flowers – this is the Indian lagerstremia. Its inflorescences resemble tiny dancing ballerinas in tutu skirts made of delicate petals.

And here is the queen of flowers – a beautiful majestic rose. The entire court territory is planted with it. Garden roses have 39 varieties, among which bushes in the form of a tree stand out – these are stem roses grafted to the trunk of a rosehip. This method of cultivation protects fragile delicate flowers from the harmful effects of natural factors, so roses delight with their flowering all year round.

The special charm of the park ensemble is given by successively descending terraces, which are occupied by floral stalls, carved columns and antique statues. Even at the construction stage, the regular French park was decorated with 29 sculptures and 6 decorative vases, which were installed around the palace, on the retaining wall and on the balcony open at that time. Statues made of artificial stone depicted ancient gods, mythological creatures, philosophers, allegories of sciences and arts. Only six of them have survived to this day – two sphinxes guard the entrance to the palace, and satyrs and dragons are located near the walls of the former service room from the western facade.

On both sides, the palace is framed by a retaining wall designed to protect the building from landslides and stormwater. It is decorated with Metlakh tiles with a geometric pattern and red glazed tiles. Six fountains with mascarons of lions are mounted in the wall, and on the parapets it is decorated with three decorative vases, three lantern columns with openwork metal ornaments and two exquisite Baroque arches. The retaining wall is covered with girlish grapes and woody vines of Chinese wisteria, blooming with tassels of light purple fragrant flowers.

The rounded wall is compositionally connected with the front horseshoe-shaped staircase of the palace, which together form a cozy kurdoner (French for “courtyard”).

Walking through the park of the Massandra Palace, you will definitely hear the magical ringing of bells from the clock tower, which perfectly combines with the murmur of fountains. Do not forget to enjoy the impressive views of the amphitheater of the Crimean mountains, opening from the observation decks of the palace – the teeth of Ai-Petri, the gentle slope of Mount Mogabi, the Yamalakh-Syrt ridge with the rocky formations of the famous Massandra grottoes… Such a walk will definitely not leave anyone indifferent and will become an unforgettable journey for you that you will want to make again and again!