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Natural monument (1964). Ay-Todor juts out into the sea as a Neptune trident. Its southernmost dent is actually Ay-Todor spur - the highest part of the cape. Since ancient times it has served as a waymark for mariners. 

The famous traveler Afanasii Nikitin got in this cape in the 15th century when he was going back fr om his "Journey Beyond Three Seas", on the way from Balaclava to Feodosia. Now there is a lighthouse at the top of the spur; its blinking eye can be seen more than 50 miles into the sea. Not far from the lighthouse there are remains of centuries-old south coastal forests: juniper, pistachio, pubescent oak. 

A giant millennial pistachio, which grows on the top, near the lighthouse, is endangered and of the greatest interest. It is one of the oldest trees in the Crimea. 

On the eastern side of the cape, on a steep Aurora cliff, you can see the well-known "Swallow's Nest", a little castle, unusual in its location and picturesqueness. It is interesting to look at the cape from the sea, from Ay-Todor cove, wh ere voyage boats moor. 

The rocky islet Parus, put forward in the sea, is also impressive. There are always a lot of gulls, cormorants and other birds on Parus. Those who have been on top of the Liman-Burun, one of the dents of Ay-Todor, on its specific site, called "captain's bridge", and who admired the scenery seen from there can surely remember not only the harsh mountains, but also beautiful buildings of such resorts as "Dnepr" "Zhemchuzhina", "Parus", located on Cape Ay-Todor. 

References: Ena V.G. Protected landscapes of the Crimea. - Simferopol: Tavria, 1989.

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