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Taraskovo Estate

The Taraskovo Estate draws attention because of its unconventional architecture. In the 1870s the estate passed into the ownership of the Glebov family who were related to the world famous Russian writer Leo Toltstoy, author of the epic “War and Peace”, “Anna Karenina” and other masterpieces. The Glebovs actively undertook to beautify their estate in Taraskovo and decided to create an estate complex which would differ from the majority of the “homes of the gentlefolks” near Moscow.

The architectural appearance of the manor house combines the features of early Art Nouveau and medieval architecture. Each facade has its own architectural features and peculiarities. Some literary critics believe that it was the Taraskovo Estate that Tolstoy described in his play, “The Light Shines in the Darkness.” According to contemporaries, the Glebov estate park impressed everyone who saw it because of its incredible beauty – from the picturesque slopes of its ravines, to its linden alleys, old ponds, gazebos and viewing decks, but alas almost all of the above highlights were unfortunately lost.

Next door to the estate there is a functioning Church of our Lady of Kazan, built in 1780. Recently a new wooden bell tower was erected to replace the one that was lost. Currently restoration work in Taraskovo is underway. Shortly, the estate is poised for a new lease on life. When all the buildings and structures regain their original appearance, the estate will stage holidays and festivities.

Address: Moscow Region, Kashirsky district, the village of Taraskovo

Directions: by local train from the Paveletsky train station to the Kashira station, then continue by public transportation; by car down the M-4 Don highway, upon crossing the bridge across the Oka river, turn right to the village of Taraskovo, turn right at the end of the village