Around Moscow attractions

Historic Site in Borodino

Borodino Field

The entire battlefield – more than 100 sq km – is now part of the Borodino Field Museum-Preserve, its vast fields dotted with dozens of memorials to specific divisions and generals. The hilltop monument in front of …
Museum in Abramtsevo

Abramtsevo Estate Museum-Preserve

In 1870 Savva Mamontov – railway tycoon and patron of the arts – bought this lovely estate 45km north of Moscow. Here, he hosted a whole slew of artists, who sought inspiration in the gardens and forests: painter Il…
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Arkhangelskoe Estate

In 1810, the wealthy Prince Nikolai Yusupov purchased this grand palace on the outskirts of Moscow, and turned it into a spectacular estate. Now his palace displays the paintings, furniture, sculptures, glass, tapes…
Church in Abramtsevo

Saviour Church ‘Not Made by Hand’

The prettiest building in the grounds is Saviour Church ‘Not Made by Hand’ (Khram Spasa Nerukotvorny). The structure epitomises Mamontov’s intentions: it’s a carefully researched homage by half a dozen artists to 14…
Museum in Abramtsevo

Studio

Built in 1873 by Victor Gartman, the ornate Russian-style wooden studio is notable for the carved art nouveau detailing on the exterior. It contains an exhibit of Mikhail Vrubel's ceramic works, including an exquisi…
Monastery in Istra

New Jerusalem Monastery

This grandiose complex was founded in 1656 near the picturesque Istra River (renamed the ‘Jordan’ by Patriarch Nikon). Unlike other Moscow monasteries, this one had no military use. The centrepiece is the Cathedral …
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Gorki Leninskie Museum-Reserve

In Lenin’s later years, he and his family spent time at the Morozov manor house, set on lovely wooded grounds, 32km southeast of the capital. The estate now houses a Lenin museum and a re-creation of Lenin’s Kremlin…
Museum in Istra

New Jerusalem Museum

The huge 'new' New Jersalem Museum is a modern, state-of-the-art museum, located across the river from the eponymous monastery. Exhibits draw on the hundreds of thousands of items in the monastery collections, inclu…
Museum in Borodino

Borodino Museum

This museum is an excellent place to start when you arrive in Borodino. You can study an interactive diorama of the Battle of Borodino before setting out to see the site in person. Otherwise, the main exhibits featu…
Museum in Abramtsevo

Bathhouse

Completed in 1878, this is a good example of old Russian architecture, with a wood-carved exterior and chequer-painted roof. When the Mamontovs lived on the estate, the building was used primarily as a guesthouse, a…