Design / Livadia Palace (Yalta)

Livadia Palace, Yalta

Here is where one world ended and another began. Nearing the end of World War II, the three great Allied Powers’ leaders met in Yalta in February 1945 — and what they decided at Livadia Palace shapes the world we live in today.

Room in which most meetings of the February 1945 Conference of Allied leaders were held.

Deathly ill, Franklin D. Roosevelt (USA), unlike Winston Churchill (UK) and Joseph Stalin (Russia) stayed at Livadia Palace during the conference sleeping in this room.

In 1911, as Russia was crumbling, Czar Nicholas II decided a new palace, Livadia Palace, would be just the thing. After he was forced to abdicate, the Bolsheviks murdered him and his entire family and turned the place into a sanitorium.

Typical ceiling at Livadia. Nicholas II may have been stupid but he had impeccably good taste.

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