140 km away from Moscow in the Yaroslavl Region lies a beautiful town with a poetic name – Pereslavl-Zalessky. It is one of the towns of the "Golden Ring" of Russia and much loved by travellers for its comfort, scenic attractions, and a great number of interesting monuments.
The Abramtsevo Museum Reserve is one of the most famous memorial and art museums in Russia, a symbol of estate culture throughout generations. Abramtsevo is the birthplace of the Russian version of Art Nouveau, the ‘national-romantic style’ which assimilated the best of folk art.
Ethnomir is an ethnographic park and museum 80 km from Moscow and a popular holiday destination for families with kids. The park’s original idea is to bring together cultures from around the world and present them in one site.
Gorki Leninskiye is one of the most famous estates in Moscow Oblast, a 30-minute drive from the Domodedovskaya metro station. Most people only associate it with the name of Vladimir Lenin, the Soviet leader. Indeed, the complex includes the Lenin Museum, Lenin’s memorial flat recently transferred from the Kremlin, and the Scientific and Cultural Centre.
Kolomna is one of the cities in Moscow Oblast that are best-known and most popular with tourists. It is conveniently located, and you can travel from Moscow to Kolomna and back in just one day. The city features an overwhelming number of historical monuments, churches, exciting buildings and museums.
The Chekhov State Literary and Memorial Museum in Melikhovo is the principal museum in Russia dedicated to the life and creative work of the great writer. Seventy kilometres away from Moscow, this place has perfectly preserved the mansion, the outbuilding, and the garden of the estate, as well as the schools built by Chekhov.
One of the best known open-air memorial museums in Russia, Muranovo has preserved all features of a 19th-century country estate. The best representatives of the Russian gentry grew up in these quiet and simple areas, away from the luxury and swing of the capital city, getting since childhood a feel for the family, loyalty to the fatherland.
Borodino field is a huge memorial, a monument to the military glory of Russia. It is situated not far from the small settlement called Borodino and has been a battlefield twice having played an important role in the history of the country.
Modern Radonezh is not even a town, but a tiny village in the region of Sergiev Posad, standing on the Pazha River not very far from Moscow. The current population of Radonezh is really small, although in the past it also never was a major settlement.
If you have a day to yourself, and you want to spend it both having fun and learning something new, why not visit a wonderful estate near Moscow? There’s a marvelous place in the Solnechnogorsky District of the Moscow Region.
Sergiyev Posad is a small city 70 km from Moscow in the direction of Yaroslavl that in seven centuries became a major Orthodox centre and an open-air collection of church architectural masterpieces. Established here in the mid-14th century, the monastic community of St. Sergius of Radonezh is the largest friary and religious awareness centre in Russia.
One of the most enchanting and visited places related to Alexander Pushkin, the estate of Bolshiye Vyazyomy in Moscow Region is part of the A. S. Pushkin State Historical and Literary Open-Air Museum. From 1804 to 1810, Pushkin stayed every summer in the village of Zakharovo, 5 km from the estate.
The Arkhangelskoe Memorial Estate is a wonderful place near Moscow which is certainly worth at least one visit. This is the estate which used to be owned by Russia's richest aristocratic families of the 18-19th centuries including the Sheremetevs, the Yusupovs, and the Golitsyns.
Nothing is more permanent than the temporary, and the fate of Boris Pasternak (1890–1960) proves the proverb. The poet and writer, whose creative mind was beyond understanding for the Soviet authorities, was only 46 when he fell in disgrace and had to retreat to his dacha in the writer’s colony of Peredelkino.