Visiting the Kolomenskoye park and museum

Some say that Kolomenskoye was founded by Kolomna citizens fleeing from Batu Khan, the Mongol ruler and grandson of Genghis Khan. Mentioned for the first time in 1336, Kolomenskoye became the property of Moscow’s Grand Princes, and later, the Tsars. By the 17th century, Kolomenskoye belonged to the Russian Tsars. The grand estate of Kolomenskoye was in fact one Tsar Alexey Michailovich’s favourite properties. He often came here to take a break from the city life and occasionally hold meetings with the patriarch, landlords and foreign ambassadors. The vast green spaces and rich cultural heritage make this park one of the most popular in Moscow. You can start your walk from the Kashirskaya metro station. It will take you 200m to reach the entrance of the park from there.

The Palace of Tsar Alexey Michailovich

If you are walking into the park from the Kashirskaya underground station, then your first point of call should be the palace of Tsar Alexey Michailovich. Regarded by its contemporaries as the eighth wonder of the world, this Russian fairy tale wooden palace was built in the second half of the 17th century.  Unfortunately, the original palace was destroyed in the 18th century, but what you see now is a precise reconstruction based on the old blueprints. This glorious palace is a monument of art and everyday life of the last and brightest period of the Moscow Tsardom, and is made up of 26 buildings and 270 rooms. It should definitely be a must see on your to do list. Nowadays, visitors are even offered the opportunity to try on the garments worn by the nobility of those days, and take photos. The entrance fee is around $6.

Hours: 10 AM-6 PM (closed on Monday)

 

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Moscow city view

Once you are done visiting the palace, head for the Diyakov combe, which is a 10 minute walk from the palace. The Diyakov combe is filled with ancient trees and loads of greenery in the summer. Follow the path through the trees all the way to the bottom, and enjoy are breathtaking view of Moscow unfold before your eyes.

 

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The Diyakov apple garden

At this point, your next destination is the Diyakov apple garden. It’s really worth visiting either in spring or in autumn – depending on whether you want to enjoy the view of apple blossoms or eat juicy and tasty fruits that were once served to the Tsars! The Diyakov garden remains one of two gardens dating back all the way to the 17th century.

 

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Golosov combe

Walk through the garden to a small pond. The wooden stairs will lead you to the Golosov combe, a place surrounded with legends and mysterious stories. The combe was named after the pagan god of the Underworld Veles.  If you go down to the bottom of the combe you’ll see two enormous stones: the Goose-stone and the Devin-stone (girls’ stone). The main parts of both giants are under the ground. These stones were once altars for sacrifices in honor of Veles. The legend says that the Devin-stone brings happiness and joy to women, and the Goose-stone gives courage and strength to men. It’s said that in ancient times, a whole army of Tatars who came to conquer these lands disappeared in the combe after getting trapped by a strange greenish fog. By the way, some people claim that they’ve been caught by the time loop in the Golosov comb – once having entered it they came back and discovered that 40 years had passed!

 

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The Church of the Beheading of St. John the Baptist

The Church of the Beheading of St. John the Baptist is one of the most splendid and historically important sights of Kolomenskoye park. Go through red brick gates towards the Church that keeps many secrets and mysteries as well. According to rumors, the church basement contains a hidden library that belonged to Ivan the Terrible, and was lost in 16th century. If so, then one day we might discover a collection of works by Plato, Aristotle and Cicerone in the couloirs of the Church. 

 

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Peter the Great’s Museum House

The house of Peter I is the only museum in Moscow dedicated to the Russian tsar and reformer. It was specially built for him in 1702 on the St. Mark Island, at the outfall of the Northern Dvina River flowing into the White Sea. This simple wooden house consists of three warm living rooms and entryway between them. Peter the Great lived there for 2 months, while supervising the construction of Novodvinsky fort. At some point after the revolution, the house was under threat of demolition. At that point, in 1936 to be precise, architect Peter Baranovsky moved it to Kolomenskoye. In 2008 it was completely restored to the building that stands today. There’s a legendary oak grove right next to the House, where a 700 year old oak stands, guarding the peace and harmony of Kolomenskoye.

Hours:  10 AM-6PM (closed on Monday), every Saturday from April, 1 to September, 29 – 11 AM-7 PM

 

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The Ascension Square

To catch an amazing view that opens from the Square you must pass the Front Gates. These gates served as the main entrance to the Russian Tsar’s summer barton and all the guests of status entered the barton through these very gates. The Front Gates lead us to the architectural masterpiece, the oldest part of the Tsar’s court in Kolomenskoye and the main point of our route, the Ascension Church that was first mentioned in 1532 and was referred to as the Russian Parthenon. This incredible temple was the first stone church ever built in Russia and it remains the most beautiful part of the Kolomenskoye museum. Nowadays, the church is under UNESCO protection. The entrance fee is about $2.5.

Hours: 10 AM-6 PM (closed on Monday)

 

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The Market Street (Food Court)

A long walk always requires a meal. After completing your route through the sights of the Kolomenskoye museum you can check out the Market Street. There you’ll find a variety of cafes and food corners, with a great choice of dishes to enjoy. What is more, there are a lot of shops and stores to buy original souvenirs, with the views of Kolomenskoye that will remind  you of your pleasant and enjoyable walk.

 

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