In the western part of the park one can see the Small Palace "Caprice" and the Teahouse pavilion. In the eastern part there is the Pink Fountain pergola. Grand Russian estates customarily had a number of pavilions and decorative structures in their landscape parks, and Arkhangelskoye is no exception. Among them are two structures designed in 1819...more
The Saint Gates were built in 1825–26. They lead the way to the Afkhangel Mikhail Church.You may watch my high resolution photos of Saint Gates on Google Earth in Arkhangelskoye according to the following coordinates 55º 47' 4.60" N 37º 17' 26.40" Eor on my Google Earth Panoramio Saint Gates .more
The stone Archangel Mikhail Church was put up in the 1660s on the site where the wooden temple used to be in the XVI-th century. The serf architect of princes Odoevsky Pavel Potekhin, possibly, was its builder. The temple is the most ancient construction in the territory of the manor. In front of the north facade of the church the wall with a...more
Stepan Melnikov designed an elegant entrance arch, completed in 1817, to connect the two wings, and gates of cast iron and gilt-bronze were ordered from Paris. High entrance arch, decorated with tracery cast-iron railing, leads to the gala yard, in the depth of which the Palace is situated. Double colonnades solemnly decorating the yard conjoin the...more
The Great Palace was designed by French architect Charles de Guerne (1748-1789) and constructed by Russian masters in 1786-1790. He designed a long, two-story masonry house crowned with a belvedere. Covered colonnades united the north facade of the house with its two wings. After the war of 1812 when the Palace was damaged by Napoleon troops Stepan...more
The burial-vault "The Colonnade" was built the last in the park and represents a large neoclassical family mausoleum, reminiscent of the Kazan Cathedral in Saint Petersburg. Monumental, domed building with granite colonnades was built in 1909-1916 after death of one of the Jusupovs. The building was never used as a burial place though. Now this...more
The regular park of the XVIII-th century occupies the central part of the Archangelskoye Estate. It was laid out at the same time when the Great Palace was founded. Prince Nikolai Yusupov turned the Estate into a luxurious palace complex, which was eventually dubbed a Russian Versailles. The comparison rests first of all on the enormous regular...more
In the western part of the park is an interesting small pavilion, known as the Temple to the Memory of Ekaterina the Great. It was built in 1819 and depicts the empress as Themis, goddess of justice. It seems that Yusupov, reportedly a Casanova, had turned the head of Russia's empress, renowned herself for having legions of lovers. This "temple"...more
The theater was built in 1817-1818 by architect Gonzago. It still features the decorations and the curtain made by the famous Italian artist. The theater is the only estate theater in Russia to have survived. Yusupov commissioned Pietro di Gottardo Gonzago and Osip Beauvais to design the building, which was completed in 1818. Gonzago had come to...more
Built from wood with stuccos added to ressemble a stone building, the palace is the central piece of the estate. It was built by french architect Charles de Guerne for the prince Nikolay Golitsyn.Later, the estate was purchased in 1809 by prince Nikolai Yusupov who added most of the other neo classical buildings in the estate.While closed for...more
In the territory of the manor there is enough plenty of places where it is possible to have a bite not bad.
And if it would be desirable to eat thoroughly it is possible to go to restaurant "Arkhangelskoye" which is located in the neighborhood with the park. Salads cost there 100-150 rbl. ($4-$6), hot dishes - 200-500 rbl. ($8-$20), a mug of beer for 80 rbl ($3,2).
A palekh motif -- a traditional lacquer design depicting characters from Russian fairy tales -- decorates this restaurant. The convenient location (directly across the road from the entrance to the Arkhangelskoye Estate Museum) adds value to the decent food. Try the borscht, followed by veal with mushrooms. Grilled salmon is also delicious.
Ilyinskoye shosse, across from main entrance to Arkhangelskoye Estate Museum.
Arkhangelskoye, Krasnogorsky r-n, Moscow region
562 03 28, 562 86 45
average bill: $20-30.
There is the Russkaya Izba (Russian Cottage) Restaurant nearby, fashioned after Russian peasant rooms. The cooking is also Old Russian; the menu offers bear meat and venison along with kvas, mead and tea served from a bubbling samovar. This wooden restaurant's rustic decor is patterned on the izba, a Russian country home. Caviar, blini, and other Russian dishes are served here. Reservations are recommended.
Ilyinskoye village, on road to Arkhangelskoye, near Moskva River.
Address: The State Arkhangelskoye Estate Museum is located in Krasnogorsky district of Moscow region, 20 km to the west from the capital.
Best way by car: 5-th kilometer of the Ilinskoye highway (through the Volokolamskoe highway or the Moscow Riga-highway).
Another way by bus or fixed-route taxi: From Metro Station 'Tushinskaya', take the bus 549 to the stop named after the museum or the fixed-route taxi 151 up to "Sanatorium" stop.
The third way by electrichka-train and by bus: Railway station "Pavshino" of the Riga direction, further by bus 524 or fixed-route taxi 24 up to "Sanatorium" stop.
You may watch how do Russian electrichka-trains look like on my second pic (though it's not of my own).
A plenty of trading lines used to be organized every week-end nearby the entrance to the Estate. There is a chance to revive there the once famous ceramic production and the facsimile production of copies of sculptures. You can buy there traditional Russian souvenirs.
Drop in to the gift shop. Something will surely catch your eye as a souvenir for you or your friends: whistles, matreshkas, beads made of Baikal stones and wood, icons, kerchiefs, wattled baskets and many other interesting objects. The potter's and birch crafts are reconstructed in the estate. You can model in clay small "masterpiece" with your own hands and take it with you as the memory of the estate.
Not exactly a tourist trap, but at the time of our visit, not only the palace was closed for restoration, most of the statues were covered (whether for restoration or for winter, hard to know).
While picturesque in itself, statues in the open would be nicer...
The park's terraces are decorated with marble statues, busts, vases, and benches made by Italian masters. Small sculptures are comparable with Versailles' both in their quantity and elegance.As the summer come, wooden boxes are removed from marble sculptures, which protected them from snow, and some of the fountains are switched on.The park's paths...more
Pantry above a ravine (Kladovaya Nad Ovragom) was built in the end of the XVIIIth century and reconstructed by Osip Bouvie in 1824.Count Yusupov began to hold large performances and regular music concerts there. In the course of the XIXth century, the brilliant cocktail of regular and landscape park ensembles in Arkhangelskoye made it the most...more
There are several other buildings which worth mentioning such as: Office wing was built in 1822-1823, The House for visitors etc...The estate of Arkhangelskoye is beyond compare in the Moscow region - perhaps, only the tsars' residences near St. Petersburg could bear the comparison. Such is one of the richest estates in Russia's history, often...more
The golden age of the Estate started when Prince Nikolai Yusupov, the rich grandee and the patron of arts, became the owner of the estate. One of the richest Russian noble Nikolai Yusupov was a collector and patron of art. It took Yusupov 50 years to build and decorate the ensemble. He invited such well- known architects as Gern, Trombaro,...more
This Estate is an outstanding example of the Russian manorial architecture. Archangelskoye is famous for the estate's magnificent beauty and unique art collections. The beginning of the Arkhangelskoye Manor goes back to 1660th when it belonged to J.Odoevsky. From 1681 till 1703 it belonged to M.Cherkassky. Arkhangelskoye, named after a beautiful...more
The Museum building itself is an important architectural monument from the XVIIIth Century. The central part of the collection is the display of Western European Art 1600 -1900. In terms of Russian art, the museum has a small number of paintings, drawings and examples of national applied and decorative art. The museum also has a large collection of...more