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On the coast of a small Kucuk-Lambad Bay on the steep slopes of the amphitheater located magnificent “Paradis” park. The park is located on the territory of sanatorium «ivazovskoye» in the village Partenit, which is situated between cape Tepeler and Plaka. Long time ago there was a small village called Aivazovskoye located here (it was named after the famous painter), now it is a health-improving complex, that took the same name. The park was opened for the sanatorium guests, as well as for all wishing to admire its beauty.
Most guests, having visited park «Paradise» at least once, admitted that when you get to the epicenter of its superlative beauty, you feel yourself in paradise. That’s why “Paradise” park is very often called «A piece of Paradise».

“Paradise” Park or ivazovsky Park, or «A piece of Paradise» appeared on the map of Crimean sightseeing attractions not so long ago. The history of “Paradise” Park began in 1964-1966 on the place of former vineyard fields. Active production of planting 2-3-year saplings and large-sized planting material in the form of small woods, pine groups, wayside trees, cypresses and cedars began here.
Complex of reclamating and engineering works was carried out in the park before planting: buildings were set on piles, the sea shore was enforced, wells and drainage culverts were drilled in order to regulate ground waters regime, reinforcement walls were constructed to stabilize local landslip processes. Time passed and thickly planted trees grew so much, that the park turned into a solid forest-park massif. Due to lack of proper care the plants of park compositions started to lose their esthetic properties rather soon. That’s why in 2003 management of this resort decided to reconstruct the park radically.

Image of “Paradise”Park is mostly based on legends, myths and historical facts, connected with Partenit valley. Beauty and uniqueness of park compositions mixed elements of classical Greek culture, Tauri dolmens, medieval Genoese fortifications, fragments of Eastern culture. While creation of these compositions, true historical facts were taken into consideration which prove that such famous persons as Pushkin, Ayvazovsky, Mitskevych visited this park.
A very important role in image of “Paradise” Park is played not only by the compositions connected with history of this region but also the ones, peculiar for modern landscape architecture. “Paradise” Park is a skillful composition of world-famous styles and movements of garden-park art: Japanese garden reflects customs and philosophy of Eastern culture, Mexican garden represents image of merica before times of Columb and its landscapes, and also bright contrast between classical English garden and regularity of Italian one.
Park flora is very rich and various, it has more than 250 species of plants and includes typical Crimean representatives of tree and bush plants as well as oversee guests. Circa 7000 pine trees and more than 200 species of various exotic plants are perfectly combined with sea air which creates unique microclimate of the territory, that is very favorable all year round while treatment nervous system diseases, blood circulation, respiratory system.
Real pearl of “Paradise” Park is an ancient Olive bosk that used to belong to Count Raevsky. Its inhabitants are 200-year old trees of common olive. Local people state that ancestors of these olives were planted here 25 centuries ago to honor not somebody else but Aphina Parphenos herself. Atmosphere of Olive bosk is very favorable for rest. Here you can enjoy birds’ singing, rustling of olives leaves, the sound of running wave. In the evening, musical and child dancing bands have their performances here very often. The whole Olive bosk is crossed with a spring with the system of natural water reservoirs.
In most part of “Paradise” Park exposition the image of antique world is present that is emphasized by garden sculptures of ancient Greek estate, sculptures of antique gods, satyrs, muses and heroes, chips of ancient amphora and pithoi, cascaded streams and swimming pools, Mediterranean vegetation, small architectural forms – rotunda, pergola, garden furniture and many other elements. Along the parkways of “Paradise” Park you can meet statues of Goddess Flora, Pan, Narcissus, gazing at their reflection in the water.

One of antique legends says that titan Astrey threw a star towards Taurida in order to show them the way to the blessed land. Due to reconstructed ruins of a small antique temple on the territory of this park we can assume that an ancient Greek estate used to be located here.

Walking route around “Paradise” Park begins with the main staircase surrounded with cypresses. Origin of this staircase and nice chiselled gazebo is inseparably associated with the former possessor Partenitai Karasana .Raevsky. Gazebo composition is finished with exotic trees (palm trees, araucaria, bananas, mammoth tree and many others), artificial river, small lake, along the shores of with bushes of roses and hydrangea are planted. There are benches for having rest. An interesting fact is that if you stand in the center of the rotunda, your voice will be heard all around as if you speak in the microphone.
Contrast of antiquity is mixed with typical Italian garden full of small architectural forms, sculptural and topiary.

Further the park space is focused on another movement of garden-park art which is “Modern” style. It is emphasized by a marble sculpture of secret confession priestess Papessa, decorative swimming pool and a waterfall. Here another legend is hiding: if you throw a coin and it falls on the very bottom of the waterfall, some secret will be revealed to you. But in case the coin is returned to you, (the waterfall brings it back on the surface), it means that the waterfall didn’t except it and you don’t deserve to be trusted a confession. You can throw another coin only in a year, which is also good as you will enjoy the beauty of this park again!

Then unsightly descent leads you to a elegant rose garden with stones and flowers. Here on the driest and sunniest part of the park you can see exposition of succulent plants. ”Arizone” is a fragment of real Mexican garden reflecting landscape and image of America before Columb. Leaving Mexican park and passing beautiful terraces you go down to the sea.
In the image of “Paradise” Park Japanese specialists of garden-park art added some Eastern culture and philosophy of world organization. There is a traditional Japanese garden with a tee house and all the necessary attributes created on the small lot.
Due to incredible work of landscape workshop specialists in Panternit, true Beauty with the capital letter was created on the small piece of the Southern coast of Crimea.

This wonderful man-made romantic park is the greatest rarity of garden-park art in entire Ukraine.
Sanatorium administration warns all the visitors that it is not responsible for those having lost their heads here!!

By Marina Melnichenko

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