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Glinki Estate

The Glinki Estate, in the eyes of most residents around Moscow , is associated with mystical legends and the personality of its famous owner – Jacob Bruce, an associate of Peter I. In his lifetime his foes called this great statesman and scientist “a sorcerer”. A great number of magic stories which were attributed to him are said to have unfolded at the Glinki estate.

Rumor has it that when designing his estate Bruce wanted to feature there a maximum number of masonic signs and symbols. It is believed that he built a massive system of underground passages where he hid his masonic treasures and artifacts. The most unbelievable story about Bruce's “miracles” is linked with one of the ponds in Glinki. Some contemporaries would recall that during his ceremonial receptions Jacob Bruce would demonstrate an inexplicable “trick.” In the midst of the summer heat the water in the pond would be frozen so that one could skate on its ice. The Glinki Estate draws not only fans of mysticism but also connoisseurs of architecture. The Jacob Bruce manor house, built in 1720–1730s constitutes a rare example of the estate Baroque style still preserved in Russia. It is adorned with singular details. Among them are unique stone masks. Researchers believe that the masks contemptuously stare in the direction of Moscow while the demonic masks themselves constitute stone caricatures of the prominent statesmen whom Bruce regarded with contempt.

During the Soviet era the former Glinka Estate was home to the now defunct Monino Sanatorium. The Jacob Bruce museum, which existed for 20 years, is now closed.

Address: Moscow Region, Schelkovsky district, the township of Losino-Petrovsky, Monino Sanatorium

Directions: by local train from the Yaroslavsky train station to the Monino station, continue by bus #32 to the Monino Sanatorium bus stop. From the Schelkovskaya metro station by bus #362 to the estate; by car down the Gorskoye highway, turn to Monino, travel through Losino-Petrovsky township and turn at the sign “Monino Sanatorium”