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Uspenskoye Estate

The small Uspenskoye Estate near Moscow features a veritable castle now, but this very land was inhabited during ancient times as well. On the site, the archaeologists have discovered an ancient settlement and mounds dating back to the iron age. The first owners of the Uspenskoye Estate were the members of the princely dynasty of Svyatopolk-Chetvertinsky and the banker Sergei Morozov's family. Later, ownership passed to the widow of Matvei Apraksin and was held by this family during the 18th century.

In the 1880s, when the estate belonged to the family of Prince Boris Svyatopolk- Chetvertinsky, an unconventional house was erected. It was designed by the renowned architect Pyotr Boitsov, who was a recognized master of the genre of architectural eclecticism.

The Uspenskoye Estate is inseparably linked with many well-known personalities. The residential castle is depicted in the painting “Twilight.Castle” by the outstanding Russian painter Isaac Levitan. The writer Anton Chekhov was skeptical after his visit to the Morozov estate, whose family owned the estate for the last twenty years before the revolution. He was ironic when sharing his impressions of the estate. He wrote – “The house looks like the Vatican, the footmen wearing pique waistcoats with golden button holes on their bellies, tasteless furniture, wines from the Leve store, the owner with an expressionless face, and... finally I fled...”

Next to the estate there is the functioning Assumption of the Holy Virgin Church built in 1726 in the style of Peter's baroque. The former nobleman's estate is now home to a hospital of the Academy of Science. A number of additional modern looking structures have been built to accommodate the hospital facilities.

Address: Moscow Region, Odintsovksy district, the village of Uspenskoye

Directions: by local train from the Belorussky train station to the Usovo station, continue by bus for 2 to 3 km to Uspenskoye; by car down the Rublevo-Uspenskoye highway to the intersection with the 1st Uspenskoye highway, continue straight and right behind the intersection turn right in front of the war monument, continue through the village for 1 km until you reach the estate