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Lopasnya-Zachatievskoye Estate

The history of the estate is closely associated with two prominent Russian families: the Vasilchikovs and the Pushkins. The construction of the estate on the bank of the Lopasnya river got underway in the 1770s and was overseen by Alexander Vasilchikov, a favorite of the empress Catherine the Great. The manor house was built in the style of late Elizabethan baroque and included a landscape park with seven cascading ponds.

In the mid-19th century the estate of Lopasnya-Zachatievskoye was home to Alexander, the son of the great Russian poet Alexander Pushkin. Here they raised eleven grandchildren of the poet. Maria Gartung, the daughter of Pushkin and his wife Natalia Goncharova, were frequent guests to the estate. This high society beauty was the prototype for Anna Karenina in Leo Tolstoy's novel by the same name.

Next door to the estate, at the cemetery by the Church of Conception of the Righteous Anna, are the graves of the estate's owner, his wife, his sons, and his grand-daughter. Next to Pushkins’ graves are the tombstones of the Vasilchikovs, other owners of the estate. It is noteworthy that in 1917 they found here the manuscript of Pushkin's “History of Peter I” which was never completed. Today the old estate is home to the Lopasnya-Zachatievskoye Museum-Estate. Its staff takes an active part in the cultural events of the city of Chekhov. There is a children's history center that operates under the direction of the museum. The center also stages exhibitions, conferences and various events.

Address: Moscow Region, Chekhov district, the city of Chekhov, 10 Pushkin street

Hours of Operation: daily, except Mon, 10 am – 5 pm

Web-site: www.chekhovmuseum.com

Phones: +7 (496)72-303-89

Directions: by local train from the Kursky train station to the Chekhov station, then by buses #1, or 5, or 6 to the Sovietskaya Ploschad bus stop and continue on foot through the city park; by car exit from the Moscow ring road onto the Simferopol highway, travel to 65th km marker, then turn to Chekhov