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A Day in the Country at Tsaritsyno Estate

Situated on the outskirts of Moscow, the Tsaritsyno Museum and Estate offers visitors the perfect setting for a day out in the country, with the opportunity of learning about the history and culture of the area through interactive tours and exhibits. Tour guides dressed in 17th century attire walk visitors through the Grand Palace, pointing out special items of interest while detailing the history, customs and culture of the time, with some tours including games, dancing and live music and entertainment. There is also the choice of an ecological tour including the estate's greenhouses and extensive grounds. Alternatively, visitors can enjoy a self-guided tour through the great palace and the beautifully landscaped gardens, as well as the art museum.

Permanent exhibitions in the Grand Palace include archeological discoveries made on the grounds of the estate between 2005 and 2007, including household items, oven tiles and other artifacts from the mid-1600s. The history of the construction of the palace is also detailed in an exhibition, along with a series of water colors, sculptures, porcelain, stained glass and oil paintings.

The estate upon which Tsaritsyno Museum and Reserve is situated in Moscow was originally the home of the sister of Tsar Boris Godunov, Tsarina Irina, in the late 16th century. In the 17th century it became the property of the Streshnevs, later passing to the Galitzine family who featured prominently in the history of the region in the 17th and 18th centuries. It was bought by Catherine the Great in 1775 and was named Tsaritsyno, meaning it belonged to the Tsarina. The Empress commissioned a palace to be built there, but was dissatisfied with the palace designed by Vasili Bazhenov, and had it torn down, remnants of which can still be seen in the estate's park. A new palace, designed by Matvey Kazakov, was started in 1786, but construction came to a standstill when Catherine died in 1796. The palace was abandoned until 2005 when it was completely renovated and turned into a spectacular history and architecture museum, complete with landscaped park, ponds and art museum. Tsaritsyno Museum is one of Moscow's many fascinating attractions and certainly one worth spending time at.


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