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About the project

This site is aimed at people who are interested in Russia’s estates.

Before the Russian revolution in 1917, Russia’s nobility lived mostly on their estates. It was in fact on these estates where a lot of Russian culture, and in particular literature, was born. Many of these estates also continue to exhibit to this day examples of fine Russian architecture.

Following the revolution, the majority of these estates were destroyed. However, those which remain today have managed to retain their original atmosphere and spirit of old Russia, which combines the beauty of Russian classical culture and nature.
This site currently contains information on nearly a thousand estates located in the regions of Moscow, Tula, Ryazan and Kaluga (based on information taken from the books of Chizhkov, Zorin and Grafova). The editors of this site are Andrei Chikmarev and Alexey Slezkin.

Some of these estates have been converted into museums, where exhibitions are frequently held. Others are notable for their exquisite architecture. Some have been turned to ruins.

This website indicates the current state and condition of all estates featured: for example, which of them are now museums; or which continue to offer impressive architecture. You can get information about the architectural features of the estates, about their history and their former owners. In the future, estates from other regions will be added to the site.

Using this site you can customize your own tour around whichever estates you want to visit, including detailed travel itineraries, opening hours, etc. The site also contains a calendar with information about exhibitions, festivals and other special events taking place on the estates. And the site indicates which museums offer English language tours and audio guides.

Russian estates provide visitors to the country an opportunity to get beyond the big cities, and to discover the heart of provincial Russia.