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The Kolomenskoye estate

Kolomenskoye is a former Royal estate located in the southern part of Moscow. The estate borrowed its name from the ancient road leading to the town of Kolomna.

Not far from the centre of Kolomenskoye estate, there is the most ancient settlement on the territory of Moscow. This site known as Dyakovo Gorodishche is considered to be about 2.5 thousand years old.

The first mention of the village Kolomenskoye, which dates back from 1339, is found in the testament of the Moscow Grand Prince Ivan Kalita.

ascension church of kolomenskoye

The Ascension Church of Kolomenskoye

Beginning from the 15th century, Kolomenskoye served as a summer country residence for the Grand Dukes of Moscow and Russian Tsars. Due to this fact, a rich architectural heritage was formed in the area. The most significant attraction is the Ascension Church, which is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage monument. Another three architectural landmarks are located in the immediate vicinity of the Church: St. George the Victorious Bell Tower (16th c.), Water Tower (17th c.) and Hunting Pavilion (19th c.).

In 1923, Kolomenskoye was turned into an open-air museum of Wooden Architecture. Wooden architecture monuments of the 17th – 18th centuries were brought from all across Russia and collected in Kolomenskoye. Nowadays, meadery from the village of Preobrazhenskoe, the tower of the Bratsk prison from Siberia, the gate tower of Nicholas-Karelian Monastery from the White Sea coast, the house of Peter I from Arkhangelsk are an integral part of the Kolomenskoye museum.

The museum houses over two thousand Russian paintings from the 15th — 17th centuries, fragments of wood and stone carving and examples of the decorations of Moscow`s lost constructions and historical objects.

At the far end of the park is located its main highlight, the reconstructed palace of Tsar Alexei, a beautiful example of Russian architecture of the XVII century.

apple orchards kolomenskoye

Apple orchards

Among natural attractions of Kolomenskoye Park are apple orchards. The orchards, reconstructing the Tsar’s 17th century gardens and covering a vast part of Kolomenskoye Park, are ideal picnicking spots.

In winter there are far fewer visitors in the park and it looks even more impressive being dressed in white.

Kolomenskoye is one of the most favoured parks of Moscow citizens. The Park regularly hosts all kind of holidays and festivals.

Such a vast complex, might be cover by electric cart or by horse-drawn carriage with exciting audio tour on the way. Besides, tours within the museum’s water area are available during summer time.

In addition, visitors can do a costume photo shoot in the unique interiors of the Palace of Tsar Alexei Mikhailovich. Just choose one of the eight special costumes of Russian aristocracy created based on the paintings and sketches of the XVII century. Tickets are sold at the box office, located in the hall of the main entrance.

For those who want to spend some time in this quiet corner of the city, there is a three-star hotel right in the Kolomenskoye park. Website (Rus). Prices vary from 2000 to 5600 Rub per night.

 

view over moscow from Kolomenskoye

The park of Kolomenskoye offers a spectacular view over the city

Opening hours:

Park is open daily from 8.00 (8 am) to 21.00 (9 pm)

Museums’ expositions are open daily, except Mondays
From April 1 to September 29: Tuesday-Friday and Sunday from 10.00 (10 am) to 18.00 (6 pm), Saturday from 11.00 (11 am) to 19.00 (7 pm)
From September 30 to March 31: Tuesday-Sunday from 10.00 (10 am) to 18.00 (6 pm).

Bells of St George’s belfry chime daily each quarter-hour from 13.30 (1.30 pm) – 15.30 (3.30 pm), except Monday and Tuesday.

Entrance fee:

Admission to the park is free.
Admission to the museums: from 50-350 rub.
On the 3rd Sunday of each month most museums of Kolomenskoye offer free admission to all.

 

To get to Kolomenskoye

Gps coordinates:
Latitude: 55°40′14.1″ N (55.670580);
Longitude: 37°40′10.1″ E (37.669477)

The park occupies a very big area and the main attractions are located at opposite ends of the park. The reconstructed palace of Tsar Alexei is situated closer to Kashirskaya station while the Ascension Church and the original Tsar’s courtyard are located not far from the Kolomenskaya Station.

1. Take the Metro to the Kolomenskaya Station. Then leave the station through the exit near the front of the train and follow signs for the museum reserve and the Orbit Cinema (Rus: Кинотеатр Орбита). There is a side entrance, left along Novinki street (Rus: ул. Новинки).
You can enter the park either from Bolshaya street (Rus: ул. Большая) or Andropova Avenue (Rus: Проспект Андропова).

Directions from Kolomenskaya Railway Station

2. If you’re looking to get to the wooden palace first, follow until Kashirskaya station. Exit from the last carriage of the train from the downtown, turn right in the underpass, at the exit of metro turn left toward the tunnel which leads to the park entrance.
Another entrance, less popular, is located from the Kashirskoe highway (Rus: Каширское Шоссе).

Directions from Kashirskaya Railway Station

 

Kolomenskoye Park Map

by http://mgomz.com.

Kolomenskoye map

 

Major Attractions of Kolomenskoye:

The Ascension Church
The wooden palace
The original Tsar’s Courtyard
Church of the Icon of Our Lady of Kazan
Church of St John the Baptist
House of Peter I in Kolomenskoye

 

 


Other Moscow attractions:

 

The Kremlin, a symbol of the Russian State, one of the greatest architectural complexes in the world, a treasure house of relics and monuments of art.

Izmailovsky Kremlin, a cultural and entertainment complex built with imitation of the Russian architecture of the 18th century.

Tsaritsino, a park with a magnificent historical architectural ensemble, picturesque ponds, musical fountains, scenic landscapes and timeless atmosphere.

Serednikovo, a manor ensemble representing the Russian neoclassical architecture of the 18th century.


 

 

 

4 thoughts on “The Kolomenskoye estate

  1. Freddy

    OK so what are the opening hours in October? Have been to the Kolomenskoe website and no hours there either. Astonishing! So bad!

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  2. admin Post author

    Hello Freddy!

    There is timetable on the Kolomenskoe website, but it is in Russian only
    http://www.mgomz.ru/posetitelyam/rezhim-rabotyi-ekspozitsiy

    We’ve translated it:

    Park is open daily from 8.00 (8 am) to 21.00 (9 pm)

    Museums’ expositions are open daily, except Mondays
    From April 1 to September 29: Tuesday-Friday and Sunday from 10.00 (10 am) to 18.00 (6 pm), Saturday from 11.00 (11 am) to 19.00 (7 pm)
    From September 30 to March 31: Tuesday-Sunday from 10.00 (10 am) to 18.00 (6 pm).

    Bells of St George’s belfry chime daily each quarter-hour from 13.30 (1.30 pm) – 15.30 (3.30 pm), except Monday and Tuesday.

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  3. Pete

    This park is really under-sold. I saw no signposts from the metro station. Had to keep showing local people my guide book and get pointed in right direction. In the park, they could do with a visitor centre providing a map of the park and showing where all the sights are. There are a few blue signposts around but not enough and they are not clear enough. They will point you a certain way, then you reach a T junction, then no more signs. Really bad! Could do with this park being more user friendly for visitors.

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  4. Adam

    The park was excellent, if you care to learn a little Russian before you come to russia, you will find it to be fine.

    A great place to visit well presented can’t wait to go back.

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