The Khan's Palace or as it's also known Hansaray, in Bakhchisaray, Crimea, Ukraine. This impressive structure was built in the Sixteenth century and became home to a succession of Crimean Khans. Inside the incredible walled enclosure there is a mosque, a harem, a cemetery, houses and gardens. The interior of the palace was decorated with the beautiful architecture and decorative Sixteenth century Tartar. The palace complex and minaret were built by Russian and Ukrainian slaves under the command of Ottoman architects, who were of Persian and Italian decent. It was rebuilt more recently, as many of the structures did not survive beyond the Eighteenth century.
The Hansaray palace courtyard contains a small fountain whose sad story moved the Russian writer Alexander Pushkin, to write the poem "The Fountain of Bakhchisaray". This poem tells the story of Maria, a young Polish woman, who is locked in the harem of Guirei khan. Sad, she contines to rebuff the advacnes of her owner who has fallen madly in love with her. This passion causes envy of another slave, Zarema from Georgia. Despite the vigilance of the eunuchs, Zarema threates to kill Mary. Mary died mysteriously soon after. Immediately after, the eunuchs decide to drown Zarema. The prince, inconsolable, builds a fountain, that weeps eternally in memory of his beloved. Before Pushkin wrote this poem, the palace of the khans of Crimea was famous for his source, according to legend, A muslim prince cried for the love of one of the Christian slaves of his harem.
The Vorontsov Palace is an historic palace at the foot of the Crimean Mountains near the town of Alupka. The palace was built between 1828 and 1848 for Prince Mikhail Vorontsov Semyonovich to be used as his summer getaway. The building incorporates architectural elements of the Arab renaissance, Scottish and Gothic style. A very important part of the palace are the gardens that end in a cliff overlooking the sea! After the October Revolution in 1921, the palace was nationalized and became a museum. Hitler wanted to destroy it, but fortunately did not have time because of the advancing allies. During the famous Yalta conference, this palace was the residence of Winston Churchill and the rest of the English delegation. Churchill was impressed by the beauty of this palace. The Arabic style door has written "There is no god but Allah" The palace is huge, it has a total of 150 rooms! You can not visit everything, but the most important rooms are accessible.