History and Secrets of Forest Lands in the Leningrad Region – Road.Travel

History and Secrets of Forest Lands in the Leningrad Region

Road Trip Route. Take a picture of the Church of the Intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Go for a drive on the Troika at the Maryino estate, Find the monument to Arina Rodionovna, Find the abandoned Demidov estate, .

Dense forests of the Leningrad region keep a lot of secrets and stories that have happened here over the centuries. In this journey you will learn only a small part of them. You will visit the working and abandoned estates, touch the history of Alexander Pushkin's family in the Suida estate, visit his nanny Arina Rodionovna, meet the sunset at the famous Dudrgofsky heights. This travel is not only fascinating, but also informative in all senses. Have a good trip! **Reserve hotels along the route with cashback up to 10%. At the end of the route, a special offer for Mastercard holders!

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Travel Itinerary and Road Trip Route

Day 1: Leaving for the woods in the middle of nowhere.

Today you're going to go to the woods and get a little lost. The first stop on the way is the church in the name of the Protection of the Holy Virgin. You will also have to get acquainted with the famous Museum of Forestry, which actively shapes the ecological thinking of its followers and visitors. Be sure to drive to Maryino Estate, where you can not only plunge into history, but also spend time very actively.

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Церковь во имя Покрова Пресвятой Богородицы

The wooden church, reminiscent of the architectural ensemble in Kizhi, is a reconstructed copy of the 22-headed wooden church of the same name, which was located in Vytegorsky pogost in the Vologda region until 1963. The miracle of wooden architecture is located on the territory of the Theological Park, very close to St. Petersburg. The concept of the park is unique: the creators have placed in one place the restored masterpieces of wooden architecture of the North of Russia. Here you can see museum exhibits, visit the existing temple, and of course, find harmony and peace.

Museum of Nature and History of Russian Forestry

Now the exhibition material is deployed in 7 halls of the training museum-cabinet. A review of the material in the museum allows you to trace the origins of the development of the organization of the first Russian educational forestry in Lisino. It is the oldest forest school in Russia. The history of its emergence and development is presented in the materials of the Museum exposition. The role of excursions to Lisino from the position of forming ecological thinking is significant, so a visit here will be very useful for children. The museum is open from Tuesday to Saturday.


This cozy family restaurant abounds not only with a large selection of pizza, but also with a decent selection of pasta, salads and drinks. For the youngest visitors there is a spacious and bright game room.

Усадьба Марьино

Immerse yourself in history and get acquainted with the way of life of the representatives of the noble families Stroganov and Golitsyn and their entourage. The estate is not only a restored architectural ensemble, but also a picturesque park. After a tour of the palace and a leisurely walk in the park, you can ride horses - on horseback, in a sleigh or in carriages. In warm seasons visitors can go boat trips, and in winter - real snowmobile racing! The services can be pre-booked at the contact numbers indicated on the official [site](https://usadbamaryino.ru/).

Церковь Происхождения Честных Древ Животворящего Креста Господня

The temple is made in Russian-Byzantine style with elements of Tuscan architecture. This mixture of architectural styles looks quite atypical, but therefore even more interesting. The church was built according to the project of Nicholas L. Benois for the pupils of the Jaeger school in 1862.


It's time for dinner, over which we can recall the highlights, revisit the photos and share our impressions. The cafe is situated on the picturesque bank of the Oredezh River. The menu has enough dishes for a tasty and nourishing dinner.

Day 2: Forest Legends

The journey continues, and the second day will be no less eventful. First half of the day will be devoted to the history of Pushkin's family. You'll visit the museum-estate of A.P. Hannibal "Suida" and visit the House of Pushkin's nurse. You'll meet the sunset on the Dudergofsky heights and find the abandoned manor of the Demidovs family.

Памятник Арине Родионовне

The author has created a not quite familiar image of a nanny: she is not an old woman here, as everyone represents her, but a woman in the color of years, leaning over a curly child. The height of the nanny here - 160 centimeters, which, according to historians, is an absolutely reliable fact.

Музей-усадьба «Суйда»

In this estate Pushkin's mother was born and married, the poet's nanny Arina Rodionovna Yakovleva visited. The linden alley where Hannibal and his descendants used to walk to the Suida river has been preserved to this day. Other avenues have also partially survived: Lipovaya, Spruce and Birch. The museum is located in the walls of the original stone building from Hannibal's time - the former guest wing. Other buildings from those times have also been preserved: the steward's house, the stables, the men's room, the smithy, and the cattle yard. The museum welcomes visitors from Tuesday to Sunday.

Домик няни Пушкина

In 1781 Arina Rodionovna was given in marriage to Kobrin peasant Fyodor Matveev. In 1792 she was taken as a nurse to Alexei, nephew of Pushkin's grandmother Maria Alexeevna Gannibal. In 1795 Maria Alekseevna gave a separate hut to Arina Rodionovna's family as a sign of gratitude. In the village Arina Rodionovna lived 16 years. Monday is the day off.

У Самсона Вырина

This is a real Russian tavern, where you will be transported to the past, to a completely different space. The interior is decorated in traditional Russian style: Russian stove, wooden tables and benches. The menu offers dishes of Russian cuisine, which the cooks cook according to ancient recipes. The wine list includes a large choice of drinks for every taste.

Усадьба Демидовых

Not far from the village of Taitsi, away from tourist routes, there is a forgotten but still majestic estate of the Demidovs family. The mansion was built by industrialist Alexander Demidov in 1770. The ruins of the temple, arched vaults and stairs with stone lions have been preserved to this day. The ruins covered with moss look very atmospheric!

Дудергофские высоты

Meet the sunset at the top of the picturesque Duderhof heights. It is a centuries-old natural monument that attracts the attention of many travelers.


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