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A Relaxing Sojourn at Rastorguev-Kharitonov Estate and Park

There are well over 600 different historical and cultural monuments in the stunning city of Yekaterinburg in Russia, so those planning a little sightseeing will find that there is a never-ending selection of attractions to choose from. If you’re being faced with this dilemma, you might want to consider visiting the Rastorguev-Kharitonov Estate and Park.

Situated at 44 Karl Libknecht Street, the Rastorguev-Kharitonov Estate in Russia is one of Yekaterinburg’s many architectural gems. Construction began on this magnificent building around 1794 and only came to completion around thirty years later. In that time it changed ownership several times. According to documentation, Lev Ivanovich Rastorguev (1769-1823) bought the house from the widow of a provincial secretary by the name of S. I. Isakov. The house was still under construction at that point and was far from being finished. Rastorguev set to work investing money in the property and bringing its building to completion. Most likely due to the immense size of the building, this took several years. It took so long, in fact, that Rastorguev died before the building work was completed. Ownership of the building and the Kyshtym plants then passed to his son-in-law P. I. Kharitonov who saw the building work completed in 1824. During the thirty years that it took to complete this magnificent edifice, it is quite probable that a number of different architects worked on the project.

Two years after the building work was complete Kharitonov saw fit to have the surrounding estate developed into a beautiful park. This today the Kharitonov-Rastorguev Estate in Russia is a combination of manor house and park. The park later became the first public park in Yekaterinburg and the artificial lake and rotunda found near the park’s eastern entrance is the most striking feature of the grounds. However, they are certainly not the only interesting facet of the park. Many of the trees were bought as 30-40 year adults and so today are very old. Another interesting aspect of the park at the Kharitonov-Rastorguev Estate is the dozens of underground passages that snake their way below ground-level. These passages have been said to be a way of escape from prosecution as well as a secret gold mine since quartz gold veins have been found at Ascent hill, although no genuine industrial veins have been found here. A place filled with legend, history and beauty, the Rastorguev-Kharitonov Estate and Park is certainly a must-see attraction.

 



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