Tsaritsyno estate is located in the southern part of Moscow, in the park of the same name. Its history begins from 16th century. Since then the estate changed several owners and the one who left the most remarkable trace in its history was empress Catherine the Great.
Catherine bought the estate in 1775 and entrusted the greatest Russian architect Vasily Bazhenov with the task of building a country residence. Bazhenov started the work immediately. After a short time a great architectural complex in pseudo-Gothic style was drafted. The main palace (Bolshoy) was surrounded by numerous gates, bridges, arcs, pergolas, pavilions and other decorative elements. Unfortunately, for some unknown reason, Catherine stopped to invest the building of the complex and eventually, in 1785, she ordered to tear down the main palace. There is no explanation still of that why she took such a weird decision.
Construction of the new palace was assigned to Matvey Kazakov, a student of Bazhenov. Kazakov tried to follow the style of his master, but the original look of the palace was changed a lot. In 1796, the construction was suspended by Catherine’s death. Unfortunately, since then the palace remained unfinished and abandoned for nearly two centuries. In the 1960s the park’s territory became a district of Moscow and gained the status of a protected historic zone.
In the 1980s authorities decided to restore the estate, and by the end of 1990s the whole complex was completed except the Bolshoi palace. Some decades had passed before the restoration of the palace was finished. In 2007, the Tsaritsyno Park and Estate was officially opened to the public.
Now the Tsaritsino park boasts not only historical architectural ensemble, but picturesque ponds, musical fountains, scenic landscapes and timeless atmosphere.
Opening hours: Park is opened from 6:00 am to 12:00 am.
– Tue through Fri 11:00 am – 06:00 pm,
– Sat 11:00 am – 08:00 pm,
– Sun and holidays 11:00 am – 07:00 pm.
Entrance fee: 100-300 depending on museum
Free entrance to the Bolshoi (Big) palace and the Khlebny dom (Bread house): on 3rd Sunday of each month.
To get to Tsaritsyno:
Latitude: 55°36′58″ N
Longitude: 37°40′58″ E
1 Dolskaya str.
The park is located in a 10 minute walk from Tsaritsyno or Orekhovo metro station (both belong to the green line).
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.
The Kolomenskoye estate, a unique historic place located in the most scenic corner of Moscow.
Serednikovo, a manor ensemble representing the Russian neoclassical architecture of the 18th century.
Izmailovsky Kremlin, a cultural and entertainment complex built with imitation of the Russian architecture of the 18th century.