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Almazovo Estate

The spacious park ensemble of the Almazovo Estate used to belong to the Demidovs, an influential dynasty of Russian industrialists. One of its key figures was Nikolai Demidov who held the post of a Russian ambassador to the grand duchy of Tuscany. The grateful residents of Florence put up a monument in his honor for establishing a children's school and a shelter.

The estate complex took its shape in the 1760s and 1770s. The centerpiece is a huge canal which used to be up to 700 meters long. Within the confines of the estate a large swan pond was created with five islands, a horse-shoe shaped canal and a multitude of park structures which impart unforgettable charm to the adjacent territory.

In the early 19th century Almazovo saw the construction of the Church of St. Sergius of Radonezh. It was built in the style of classicism and is now open to the public.

Nowadays, there are two surviving houses on the estate: the “pritcha (parable) house” and the wing which now houses a boarding school for children with developmental issues. The Demidov park is now in a state of neglect, but this is exactly what draws connoisseurs of olden times. Both historians and tourists can still discern a masterpiece of 18th century architecture among the ruins.

Address: Moscow Region, Schelkovsky district, the village of Almazovo

Directions: by local train from the Yaroslavsky train station to the Monino station, continue for some 11 km by public bus; from the Schelkovskaya metro station by bus #362 to the Zherebtsy bus stop, continue on foot; by car down the Schelkovskoye highway for some 12 km, turn to the Medvezhie lakes, then follow the sign “Sergievskaya” church