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Goretovo Estate

The Goretovo Estate is located on the shores of the picturesque Mozhaiskoye reservoir. It seems as though the landscape surroundings of the old nobleman's estate have always appeared in this picturesque setting. However, the “Mozhaiskoye sea” was actually created during the Soviet era while the Goretovo Estate complex was founded in the second half of the 18th century.

The most notable owner of the estate was the Russian diplomat, Alexei Bestuzhev- Ryumin, a master of court and political intrigues. The retired chancellor picked Garetovo as his residence of exile in 1758. First he lived in a log cabin, then in a new house which Bestuzhev (used to the life of court and politics) called “the abode of grief”.

Soon after Bestuzhev-Ryumin was rehabilitated, the title to Goretovo passed to new owners – the rich Volkonsky dynasty. The estate featured a spacious manor house, a vast park with ponds and a number of industrial structures. The earliest of the surviving structures is the Trinity Church dating back to 1733–1737 with the side-chapels of Nicolas the Miracle-Worker and St. Irene the Martyr.
Today the church holds regular services.

Part of the estate complex has also been preserved. Today the role of Goretovo's centerpiece belongs to the surviving estate wing, built in the first half of the 19th century. Next to the wing, which houses a recreational facility, you can see the surviving part of the park and pond.

Address: Moscow Region, Mozhaisky district, the village of Goretovo

Directions: by local train from the Belorussky train station to the Mozhaisk station, continue by public transportation; by car down the Minskoye highway to the city of Mozhaisk, by the “Aircraft” monument turn to the old Mozhaiskoye highway. Before the main intersection in Mozhaisk turn right at the Porechie sign to the village of Goretovo. At the end of the village turn left at the sign to the church