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Yaropolets Estate of the Goncharovs

The Yaropolets Estate of the Goncharovs gained tremendous popularity thanks to the fact that the owners were related to the great Russian poet Alexander Pushkin. The luxurious palace and park complex in Yaropolets was started in the middle of the 18th century by the first owners of the Zagriazhsky family. The earliest structures were the John the Forerunner Church built in 1751–1755 and the manor house.

The residential palace, which has survived to the present day, was built in the 1780s. The color scheme of the manor house was not typical for the architecture of the era. The mansion’s red brick color harmoniously blends with snow white columns and the estate structures in Pseudo-Gothic style located nearby.

One of the owners of the estate was Natalia Goncharova, the mother of Pushkin's future wife Natalia. Little Natalie stayed at the estate many times prior to her marriage to the poet. She would often come here several years thereafter with Pushkin's children. Alexander Pushkin himself came to Yaropolets twice, once in 1833 and again in 1834. In honor of the event the chief alley of the beautiful estate park is named Pushkinskaya.

Today, anyone can take a walk in the park, despite the fact that the former Goncharov manor house is now home to a holiday resort. The village of Yaropolets is a veritable paradise for travelers. Next to the Goncharov Estate there are two more interesting sights: the Chernyshev Estate and the Yaropolets People's Museum of Local History.

Address: Moscow Region, Volokolamsky district, the village of Yaropolets

Directions: by local train from the Rizhsky train station to the Volokolamsk station, continue by buses #s 28 or 39 to Yaropolets; from the Tushinskaya metro station by the bus to Yaropolets; by car down the Novorizhskoye highway to the turn to the city of Volokolamsk, drive through the city, continue to the turn to Suvorovo, then straight to the village of Yaropolets