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Architectural Monuments of Ancient Russia

Road Trip Route. Visit the abandoned estates near Moscow., Buy a Pavloposadian handkerchief, Touch the history of architecture of Ancient Russia, Learn to blacksmith.

The journey will take you back centuries and give you the opportunity to see the beauty of the monuments of architecture of Ancient Russia, represented as monasteries, temples, cathedrals and the Kremlin. It is a wonderful opportunity to touch the era and feel the full power of the national heritage of our country. Be sure to visit the smiths and the Museum of Wooden Architecture, which displays peasant life in the most authentic huts. The route also includes estates near Moscow that used to belong to the richest families in Russia. Now they are little known, but this does not prevent them from maintaining their charm and great atmosphere.

History and Culture, Arts and Creativity. From: Moscow

Darina Frantz. Travel Expert.

Travel Itinerary and Road Trip Route

Day 1: Abandoned estates and museum of Russian shawl and shawl history

Did you know that on the territory of Moscow region there are abandoned estates, which centuries ago belonged to famous and rich families of Russia? This journey begins with a visit to two of the most important estates. Plunge into the XVII century and for a moment feel the trends of that time. In the afternoon you will have a unique opportunity to buy the famous Pavloposadski shawl in the museum of the Russian shawl, learn the history of its creation and the influence of fashion on shawls and shawls.

Усадьба Горенки графов Разумовских

One of the largest estates, which in the nobility age was very famous. It was owned by such rich families as Dolgorukie, Razumovsky, Yusupov. On its territory one can find a grotto and a small river with a drainage system.

Усадьба Пехра-Яковлевское

Plunge into the era and charm of the XVI-XVII centuries. The estate belonged to famous noble families and was widely known for centuries. It is a real islet of forest, located on the bank of the Pehorka River with its high maples, huge oaks and old linden trees. There is the Temple of the Transfiguration of the Lord on the territory.

Roma Pizza

Delicious pizza, pasta, famous Italian salads and, of course, juicy meat dishes - all this can be ordered in a small but very cozy restaurant. We advise you to book a table in advance, on weekends it is quite crowded.

Музей истории русского платка и шали

The Museum of the History of Russian Shawl and Shawl is a private collection of the factory director. The exhibits introduce visitors to Russian traditional women's suits, the influence of fashion on the popularity of handkerchiefs and shawls, the technology of drawing on fabric. We advise you to purchase an audio guide or order a guide service in advance. Monday is a day off.

Покровско-Васильевский мужской монастырь

The monastery was founded in the late 19th century and is dedicated to Reverend Princess Anna Kashinskaya. It still retains the appearance of the princely terem. In 2002 more than 100 particles of relics of Kiev-Pechersk saints were delivered to the monastery, which are exhibited for prayer and veneration.

Красна изба

The restaurant is located on the territory of the hotel complex "Podvorie". It is one of the best restaurants in the area. You will be pleasantly surprised by the wide choice of Russian dishes, friendly staff and warm atmosphere. Pay your attention to pancakes with salmon and fish under the hat.

Day 2: Ancient city Vladimir

The second day of the trip will be dedicated to the oldest and most significant city in Russia - Vladimir. Many centuries ago it was Vladimir who was the center of political power and religion. You will get acquainted with the famous cathedrals and architectural monuments of the times of prosperity of this city. Don't forget to look into a real forge, learn to forge iron and feel like a craftsman of those times.


The uniqueness of the structure is that only the Golden Gates in Jerusalem, Constantinople and Kiev have survived from the Middle Ages. It was the main, most elegant and solemn gate of the capital of Northeast Russia.

Смотровая площадка у Дмитриевского собора

Dmitrievsky Cathedral, though small in size, amazes with its majesty and monumentality. Distinctive feature and value of the cathedral - the richest white stone carving. Its walls are decorated with about 600 reliefs depicting saints. Try to find mythical and real animals on its reliefs. Be sure to walk to the observation deck and take some photos with a view of the river Klyazma.

Свято-Успенский кафедральный собор

The main temple of the city, which is the most valuable monument of ancient Russian architecture. Dormition Cathedral in Vladimir served as a model for the construction in the XV century Dormition Cathedral of the Moscow Kremlin. The frescoes of Andrei Rublyov, a brilliant Russian icon painter of the XV century, preserved in the cathedral, are of great value.

Памятник Князю Владимиру

Make sure you reach the monument to Vladimir and St. Fedor. A stunning monument, next to which you can enjoy an extraordinary view of the city and the Assumption Cathedral.


The panoramic view of the city from the windows of the restaurant will not leave anyone indifferent, and in the warm season offers a chic view terrace. The menu offers dishes of European, Georgian and Russian cuisine. We advise to book a table in advance, the place is very popular.

Кузница Бородиных

Learn the art of blacksmithing with professional blacksmiths who are skilled at telling and showing you the intricacies of their business. A real interactive workshop, after which you will leave with your forged product. The blacksmith shop itself is full of antique and authentic items. The forge only works on Fridays off.

Музей Ложки

Private museum of spoons, the collection of which includes more than 15 thousand species of spoons not only from Russia but also from other countries. In the museum you will be able to get acquainted with the history of the spoon, with various techniques and manufacturing techniques, learn a lot of things associated with the spoon. Be sure to use the services of a guide. Monday is the day off.

Gazpromneft filling station #125

There's a gas station coming up. If you are tired, make a comfortable stop - come for a coffee!

Русское подворье

Cozy restaurant of Russian cuisine, which is located in the heart of the city. In the warm season, a chic veranda opens. Visitors recommend stewed lamb with porridge, red mullet, pickles and loads. The menu offers a large selection of pies with different fillings. Pay attention to the infusions of own production.

Day 3: Classical Russian landscape of Suzdal

Today you will get acquainted with a wonderful museum city - Suzdal. Historical monuments of the city are included in the UNESCO World Heritage List, which makes it a treasure of national culture. In Suzdal, as in the capsule of time, preserved almost the entire millennial history of the city, which managed to visit both the princely capital and the dense backwater. Having visited this city once, you will want to return here to see once again the endless Russian expanses.

Музей деревянного зодчества и крестьянского быта

Get acquainted with the life of a pre-revolutionary village, look into a hut of peasants and find unique household items that have long since been out of use. The museum has 15 architectural monuments in the form of elms, mills, barns and other structures from that time.

Суздальский кремль

The Suzdal Kremlin has survived raids, fires and devastation. It is a museum complex, where many unique masterpieces of Old Russian art and exhibits related to the history of Suzdal are kept and displayed. The architectural ensemble is based on several churches, the Bishop's Chambers and the ancient Nativity Cathedral.

Спасо-Евфимиев монастырь

Originally, the monastery was built as a fortress in order to defend itself against enemies. But over time, cathedrals and other structures began to appear here. On the territory you can visit the prison castle, which held unwanted Catherine II prisoners, and under Soviet rule - political prisoners and German prisoners of war. There are also relics of Mikhail Pozharsky.

Le Bazar

In this restaurant you will be transferred to the modern culture of gastronomy. Unusual interior, original details and familiar dishes of Russian cuisine in the interpretation of fusion will not leave you indifferent. They say it's very tasty borscht and salad with pumpkin and duck.

Свято-Благовещенский Киржачский Женский Монастырь

It's time to make a small stop at the convent in Kirzhach. It was founded by Sergei Radonezhsky himself in the 14th century. From the monastery you can walk to the Kirzhac River and enjoy the peace of local beauties.


It's time for a refreshment before the rest of the journey. Simple and very tasty dishes of European and Russian cuisine are served here.