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Podmoklovo Estate

The Podmoklovo Estate can be justly called an enclave of Italy within the Russian nobleman's community. Here, at this rich estate which belonged to the oldest offshoot of the Dolgorukov dynasty, the descendants of Moscow's founder Yuri Dolgoruky, you can enjoy a unique church whose architectural forms are not traditional for Russian architecture.

The Church of the Nativity of the Virgin was erected from 1714 through 1722. The amazing beauty of the church is a brilliant example of implementation of the Italian baroque style in Russia. The surviving prototype for this church is the Tempietto rotunda-chapel in Rome erected by Donato Bramante, one of the most prominent architects of the High Renaissance. The rotunda-shaped church is surrounded by an arcade whose inner space features the statues of 12 apostles and four evangelists. In the Moscow region there is only one other church built in the style of Italian baroque – the Church of the Holy Sign located at the Dubrovitsy Estate.

The remaining structures at the Podmoklovo Estate are much more humble in appearance. It is believed that the manor house with its wings and park were established in the late 18th century. The manor house was lost during the 19th century, and the owners used one of the wings as their residence, it survived to this day in a ruined state.

Address: Moscow Region, Serpukhovsky district, the village of Podmoklovo

Directions: by local train from the Kursky train station to the city of Serpukhov, continue by bus #28 to the Podmoklovo bus stop; by car down the M-2 Simferopol highway to the bridge over the Oka river. Cross the bridge, enter the overpass, turn left in the direction of Lukianovo and travel down the main road, follow the sign to the village of Podmoklovo