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Tsaritsino Estate

8. February 2010 by Christy 0 Comments

In the southern part of Moscow, lies the beautiful Tsaritsino Estate, officially known as the State Museum-Reserve Tsaritsyno. Catherine the Great ordered the construction of Tsaritsino Palace in 1775, but after ten years of construction she grew dissatisfied with the work of the original architect and decided to hire another. Catherine eventually abandoned the project due to a lack of funds. What remains is a fascinating combination of old Russian, Gothic, classical, and Arabic architectural styles.

Today, the estate serves as a museum and park and is a popular place for locals and visitors to spend time outdoors. In recent years, politicians have made an effort to restore the grand buildings of the palace and visitors may see the Large Palace, the Small Palace, the Opera House, the Cavalry Barracks hut, the Khlebnye Gates and many picturesque bridges. The estate also offers regular concerts in the restored Opera House Hall.

The Tsaritsino Estate is an ideal destination for nature lovers, history buffs, and couples hoping to spend a romantic day outdoors

Photos courtesy of Russia Blog and Wikimedia Commons.