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Pokrovskoye-Rubtsovo Estate

The most well-known owner of the Pokrovskoye-Rubtsovo Estate was the industrialist Savva Morozov. He became famous in the art world by donating hefty sums of money to support talented budding painters, he was also patron of the arts. Such outstanding personalities as Valentin Serov, Mikhail Vrubel, Konstantin Stanislavsky, and Vladimir Nemirovich-Danchenko stayed at Pokrovskoye- Rubtsovo. The writer Anton Chekhov, a close friend of Savva Morozov, had plans to take up residence at the estate. With that in mind the estate's owner relocated an entire house here from their country estate in Kirzhach. However, Anton Chekhov died soon afterwards and was unable to take advantage of the offer to live at the estate.

Pokrovskoye-Rubtsovo also became famous thanks to outstanding men of science. The famous inventor Yefim Nikonov was born here. Nikonov designed the first Russian submarine.

The estate is a fascinating blend of pre-revolutionary and Soviet-era structures. The18th century manor house was redesigned at the turn of 19th – 20th centuries. The architect Fyodor Shekhtel worked on the interior. The exterior of the old manor house was preserved in the style of neoclassicism. Currently, the manor house finds itself within the confines of a subdivision for single-family homes. Restoration work is currently underway at the manor house. The Church of the Intersection of the Blessed Virgin survives to this day. Erected in 1745, it now conducts regular services.

Address: Moscow Region, Istrinksy district, the township of Pionersky

Directions: by local train from the Rizhsky train station to the Novoyerusalimskaya station, continue on foot for 15 min to the Intersection Church; by car down the Novorizhskaya highway to the 38 km marker( starting from the Ring Road), turn right, continue to the township of Pionersky