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Pekhra-Yakovlevskoye Estate

The beauty of the Pekhra-Yakovlevskoye inspires both tourists and renowned artists. The French painter Jacques Francois Joseph Swebach was so struck by the views at the Golitsyn estate that in 1820 he rendered it in a painting. The Pekhra-Yakovlevskoye also became famous for its architecture. Here you can see the Transfiguration Church which is a rare example of a rotunda-shaped church with two bell-towers dating back to the era of classicism. It is believed that the manor house in the estate was built to the design of the architect Carl Blank in 1783–1786. Its most interesting architectural features are the concave colonnades connecting the house with its two wings. The estate was also known for the home theater whose auditorium was built in 1810 in the style of classicism. The entrance to the theater, much like 200 years ago, is guarded by the statues of lions.

The Pekhra-Yakovlevskoye Estate was graced by visits from the members of the imperial family. The estate played host to the Empress Maria Fyodorovna, the wife of the Russian Emperor Paul I, and to the Empress Elizaveta Alexeyevna, the wife of the Russian Emperor Alexander I, and to Grand Duchess Elena Pavlovna, the wife of the Grand Duke Mikhail Pavlovich.

Today, the estate complex is in need of a massive restoration. Nowadays, only the Transfiguration Church has been restored and is open for prayer. The surviving part of the estate park is a favorite place for leisurely strolls and sports activities of the residents of Balashikha.

Address: Moscow Region, the city of Balashikha, 2 Leonovskoye shosse

Directions: by local train from the Kursky train station to the Balashikha station (Gorky direction), continue on foot for 2 km; from the Novogireyevo metro station or from the Schelkovskaya metro station to VSKHIZO bus stop; by car down the Gorkovskoye highway until the turn to the Leonovskoye highway, the estate and the church will be on the right