Arkhangelskoye Estate


This is the only entirely preserved old architectural and park ensemble near Moscow. At different times it was visited by poets Alexander Pushkin and Pyotr Vyazemsky, historian Nikolai Karamzin, writers Alexander Herzen and Nikolai Ogarev, artists Valentin Serov, Konstantin Makovsky and Konstantin Korovin, composer Igor Stravinsky. Members of the royal family – Alexander I, Nikolai I, Alexander II, Alexander III and Nikolai II – also honoured the famous Estate with their presence.

The first building, a wooden church, was erected here in the 16th century. In 1677 it was replaced with the Church of Archangel Michael, which remained till nowadays. This temple is the oldest structure in the Estate. In the 1820s a three-tire bell tower was adjoined to the Church. In the 18th century the Estate belonged to the noble Golitsyn family, and in 1810 Arkhangelskoye was bought by famous art supporter and collector Prince Nikolai Yusupov. He dreamed to build his family house here and place his precious collections in it. He added several new structures to the Estate including the Saint Gates, rammed earth fence around the Church with two towers and a gateway, a small palace called the Caprice, and a Tea House. Gonzaga Theatre, built in 1818, features a unique interior.

The central piece of the ensemble is the Grand Palace, built in the neoclassical style between 1784 and 1820, and the surrounding park decorated with marble sculptures, garden pavilions and memorial columns erected in honour of the Russian Emperors. It also features a monument to Catherine II (1819). The Estate hosts the collection of works by the 18th century West European artists, Yusupov’s family porcelain, and a library consisting of 16 thousand unique 16th-19th centuries books.

Arkhangelskoye even boasts of its own ghosts. According to the legend, the cemetery next to the Church of Archangel Michael is haunted by the ghost of Yusupov’s daughter Tatiana, who succumbed to typhus while still young. The Yusupov family shrine, the Colonnade, is a popular place for photo sessions these days.

In summer Arkhangelskoye hosts classical and jazz concerts, one of the most famed being the International Usadba Jazz Festival. Other popular attractions during the warm season are the tennis courts, boating station and the beach. On a fine day it is a nice place to have a riverside picnic or do some fishing. The park offers free Wi-Fi. This picturesque area is perfect for spending the day and watching the sunset. Bring along your food and drinks. The park offers plenty of beautiful spots for photographing, and it is very quiet on weekdays. In winter you can extend your promenade from the park paths onto the frozen river. Arkhangelskoye Military Sanatorium offers its services all year round. Nearby you will find Vadim Zadorozhny Machinery Museum, the Russian largest private exposition of various types of equipment including vintage cars, bike and military vehicles. Here you can also have a nice meal in a cozy restaurant.

Address: Moscow Region, Krasnogorsky District, township of Arkhangelskoye (Moskovskaya oblast, Krasnogorsky rayon, posyolok Arkhangelskoye)
Opening hours: during winter season (1 November – 20 April) the Park works Mon-Fri from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sat-Sun and public holidays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Expos – Wed-Fri from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sat-Sun and public holidays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., closed on Mondays, Tuesdays and last Wednesday of every month. During summer season (21 April – 31 October) the Park works Mon-Fri from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sat-Sun and public holidays from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Expos – Wed-Fri from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sat-Sun and public holidays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., closed on Mondays, Tuesdays and last Wednesday of every month. Gonzaga Theatre is open only for guided tours on Saturdays and Sundays during the spring-summer season (until 16 October) at 2:30 p.m. The Palace is open for individual visitors Wed-Fri from noon to 2 p.m., and from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., Sat-Sun from noon to 1 p.m., and from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. A fee is charged at the entrance to the Park and the Estate’s buildings. Guided tours and wedding services are available.
How to reach: from Tushinskaya metro station take taxi-van 151 to Sanatorium, or taxi-vans 541, 549 or buses 540, 541, 549 to Arkhangelskoye
Coordinates: 55.787922, 37.284524