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Ostashevo Estate

The Ostashevo Estate had its beginnings in the early 18th century. The first owners, were members of the princely Urusov dynasty.

The estate is closely associated with the history of the Russian Imperial House of the Romanovs. In 1903 Konstantin Konstantinovich Romanov, the grandson of the emperor Nicolas I, took up residence here. The grand-duke possessed an outstanding poetic talent. Under his pseudonym K.R. he produced several collections of poems and gained worldwide fame. In the creative biography of the noble poet there is a verse which is simply called “Ostashevo”:

”I love you, my nook of seclusion!
My old home over the quiet river
My village church over the bluff
of pink and white color, reflected in the river”

Ostashevo became the burial place for one of the members of the House of the Romanovs. Here they buried the young prince Oleg, the son of Konstantin Konstantinovich, who died at the age of 21 of a lethal wound. His grave was crowned by the Church of St. Oleg Briansky to the design of Marina Petriakovich. They were never able to consecrate the church built in 1916 due to pre-revolutionary events. Following the revolution the grave of the prince of imperial blood was desecrated. Currently, the church is gradually being restored on the initiative of local activists. Of great interest for connoisseurs of historic architecture is the structure of the stables, built in the Pseudo-Gothic style. It now houses a museum. You will also enjoy the intricate towers embellishing the former state courtyard, as well as a picturesque park which has been partially preserved to our days.

Address: Moscow Region, Volokolamsky district, village of Ostashevo

Directions: by local train from the Rizhsky train station to the Volokolamsk station, continue by bus #22 to the village of Ostashkovo; by car down the M-9 Novorizhskoye highway, by the city of Volokolamsk turn left and continue to the village of Ostashevo