The Arkhangelskoye Estate, about 20 kilometers outside Moscow,
is an old aristocratic estate home that has been a museum since the
fall of the Russian tsarist regime in 1917. It was built in 1703 in
the classicizing style, featuring neo-classical design elements.
The estate includes various buildings - the main palace, a smaller
palace called Caprice, a church, and a theatre - as well as a
famous fine art collection and beautifully decorated interiors.
Unlike many other old aristocratic Russian estates, Arkhangelskoye
is in very good condition; it was one of the designated stops for
foreign visitors during Russia's Communist years, and so was always
beautifully preserved and cared for.
The estate is easily reached by train, a 30 minute journey from
the Yaroslavsky train station in the west of Moscow. In the summer
and early autumn, all of the buildings are open for viewing.
Visitors are welcome to explore the grounds and can bring picnics
to enjoy in the gardens. There are al