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Arkhangelskoe  or Arkhangelskoye Estate (Архангельское)

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Location: 20 km (12 mi) West of Moscow   Map

Tel. (495) 363 1375

Open: 9am- 6pm Mon- Fri

9am- 7pm Sat- Sun

Closed: last Wed of the month

 

 

 

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Description of Arkhangelskoe Estate

 

Arkhangelskoe or Arkhangelskoye Estate is situated in the Moscow suburb Krasnogorsk, 20 km (12 mi) West of Moscow in Russia. It is one of the most splendid residences constructed in the 18th century. Arkhangelskoe Estate was originally found in the 1660's when it was owned by a nobleman Y.N. Odoevsky. From 1681 to 1703 the estate belonged to M.Y. Cherkassky. It was later sold to the Gallitzin family who owned it between 1703 and 1810. It was during their rule Arkhangelskoe Estate got its main Grand Palace along with numerous smaller buildings. The current palace was constructed in 1784 by the orders of Nikolay Alekseevich Gallitzin. In 1810 the estate was sold to Yusupov family. Prince Nikoli Yusupov was an avid art collector who gathered a large collection of art from all over Europe and Asia. After the Soviet Revolution of 1917 the palace was nationalized by the government and turned into a museum.
 
The Grand Palace of Arkhangelskoe Estate was constructed in the 1780s under the supervision of the French architect Charles de Gurney. in the 1790s another foreign architect, this time an Italian D. Trombaro added three terraces with marble balustrades in front of the palace. The terraces were decorated with flowerbeds, balustrades were decorated with vases, statues, busts of ancient Greek and Roman gods, philosophers and various heroes from the ancient mythology. Large park that surrounded Arkhangelskoe Estate gave it fame of a Moscow Versailles.
 
Stone Church of the Archangel Michael was built in the 1660s on the site of the wooden church that dates back to the XVIth century. Arkhangelskoe Estate theater was built in 1817-1818 under the supervision of architect P. Gonzaga. The scenery and the curtain of the famous Italian artist somehow survived to this day. Temple-tomb "Colonnade" was constructed by the Yusupov nobleman clan. It was intended for the elaborate burial of one of the Yusupov princes who was killed in the duel. However, a breakout of World War I and subsequent Russian Revolution of 1917 prevented it being used for the intended purpose.

In 1919 Arkhangelskoe Estate was converted into a Historical and Art Museum-Reserve. A unique part of the museum fund is a collection of Western European (France, Italy, the Netherlands and many others) paintings XVII-XIX centuries that were collected by the Yusupov family. The art collection of the Russian art is relatively small and consists mainly of works by serf masters. Additionally there several items of historic furniture dating with XVIII-XIX centuries. A large collection of books represented almost all existing branches of knowledge (18 sections) in the early 20th century. Most of the books were published in French.

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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