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Wooden Palace of Tsar Alexei Mikhailovich

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The wooden palace of Tsar Alexei Mikhailovich with 270 rooms decorated with paintings and carvings was built in 1667 without using any fasten materials, nails or hooks. It consisted of 26 buildings connected with each other by passages and halls.  The whole complex was divided into male and female parts. The male part included ceremonial chambers, chambers of the Tsar and of his sons, while the female part belonged to the Tsarina and to the Tsar’s daughters.

wooden palace 368 221After the death of Alexei Mikhailovich the palace was rebuilt. During the XVIII century it was gradually falling into decay despite all efforts to save it. On October 4,1962, Catherine the Great inspected the palace and even ordered to carry out some minor restoration work. But the palace was not destined to be her Moscow residence (see Tsaritsyno). In 1768, Catherine ordered to demolish wooden palace which was dilapidated by then.

Two centuries later, in 1990s, authorities begun its reconstruction, which was based on archaeological and historical researches. By this time the original basement of the palace was covered with a centuries-old forest. Thus the building was decided to be relocated to the far end of Kolomenskiy park. The palace was turned into the museum where currently visitors can see the every day life of the Tsar’s family.



throne 300 300Opening hours: 
Tuesday-Sunday from 10.00 to 18.00, Monday is a day off. Ticket offices open from 10.00 to 17.30

Entrance fee :
Male chambers: 250 rub
Woman chambers: 200 rub
Combined ticket (both male and female chambers): 350 Rub

Free entrance:
– Children aged under 7
– ICOM members
– Students with ISIC cards
– Persons accompanying visitors with limited mobility
Free entrance to all on 3rd Sunday of each month.

In addition, visitors can do a costume photo shoot in the unique interiors of the Wooden 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.

To get to the wooden palace of Tsar Alexei Mikhailovich

The palace is located in the Kolomenskoye park. The closest metro station is Kashirskaya. 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.

Gps coordinates:
Latitude: 55°40′5″ N (55.668056); 
Longitude: 37°40′10″ E (37.669444)


Wooden palace of Tsar Alexei Mikhailovich Kolomenskoye

Bright interion decor of the Wooden Palace

wooden Palace of tsar Aleksei Mikhailovich Kolomenskoye

Lavish feasts always were part of royal life


Other Moscow attractions:

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.

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

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

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.

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 “Wooden Palace of Tsar Alexei Mikhailovich

  1. Francine Chabot

    Hi! I will go to Moscow in September and I would like to go to Tsaritysyno palace and
    kuskovo, and ostankino by MYSELF.Is it possible to have the trajectory in metro and bus to go there.?

    Thank you!

    1. russia

      Dear Francine,

      Tsaritsyno is located near Tsaritsyno metro station (green line). In order to reach Kuskovo park, you can go either to Ryazansky prospect (purple line) or to Novogireevo (yellow line). Ostankino Park is reachable on the orange line, VDNKh metro station.
      There is no specific route to visit these three parks.
      I don’t recommend you to visit them all in one day. They are too far from each other. You will no have enough time to explore them well.


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