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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.

Tsaritsyno estate and ParkCatherine 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.

Tsaritsyno estate and ParkConstruction 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.

Tsaritsyno estate and ParkOpening 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.

Closed Mon.

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).


Tsaritsyno estate and Park

The Big Bridge over a revine

Tsaritsyno estate and Park

The gallery with an arch



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The Kolomenskoye estate, a unique historic place located in the most scenic corner of Moscow.

Novodevichy Convent is the oldest and probably the most beautiful functioning cloister in Moscow.

Novodevichye cemetery is the most famous cemetery in Moscow. It is included in the UNECO list of the World heritage.

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.

It took 44 years to build the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour. Today, it is the main temple of the country.

The building of the Bolshoi Theatre is one of the symbols of Moscow and Russia.

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.

Ghost town Piligrim Porto will make you feel like a time traveller: old houses, narrow streets, the Catholic Church, guillotine and even a full-size ship stranded on land!




2 thoughts on “Tsaritsyno estate

  1. Margaret Curtis Ellis

    When do the musical fountains operate? I will be in Moscow from 25th–29th August and have two afternoons free.

    1. admin

      Hello Margaret!

      The fountains operate all day long during the warm season in Russia (late April to mid October)


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