The estates of Vyazyom and Zakharovo near Moscow are called "the poetic homeland of Pushkin". On their territory now is located the State Historical and Literary Museum-Reserve named after the great poet. This is where the poet spent his childhood. Also Alexander Sergeyevich often came here in difficult periods of his life, and these places gave him life and creative strength.
On the way to the legendary estates of Vyazema and Zakharovo there are very interesting churches. Therefore, our journey will begin with a visit to one of them. This trip will not be limited to contact with the art and work of the poet. These places are surrounded by wonderful nature, which Pushkin sang in his compositions. That's what we'll see.
We will have a busy day with walks around Pushkin's places and visits to museums. Today we will be able to see the very landscapes that inspired the great poet and which attract creative people to this day.
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Just a quick stop along the way. This temple is more than 200 years old. It was built in 1807 on Smolenskaya road in the village. Now Akulovo has become the outskirts of Odintsovo. Even during the Soviet years, worship services did not stop here.
There are 20 historical and cultural monuments in Vyazeme. These monuments are witnesses of the poet's life. There is a palace and park ensemble of the XVI-XIX centuries: the Church of Transfiguration, bell tower of the late XVI century, palace and two wings of the XVIII century, outbuildings, parks, ponds of the XVI-XIX centuries. They are all associated with different periods of history: the Time of Troubles, the Petrine transformations, the Patriotic War of 1812, the Civil War and the Great Patriotic War. The museum-reserve is open for visitors with the following restrictions: visiting by hourly sessions, tour groups of not more than 5 people, contactless payment, compulsory wearing of a mask and gloves. You can buy tickets in advance at [official website](http://www.museum-gol.ru/service/index.htm). Weekends: Monday, Tuesday, last Friday of the month.
The church on the territory of the reserve, which was built by the order of Boris Godunov around 1584 to 1600, deserves special attention. There was a wooden tsar's palace, opposite to which it was built. The white stone temple was dedicated to the Life-Giving Trinity. This church was visited by such famous historical figures as False Dmitry I, his bride Marina Mnishek, Tsar Mikhail Fedorovich Romanov, Emperor Paul I and others.
A cafe where we can refresh ourselves after a busy morning. This is one of the few such establishments we have in the Odintsovsky District. The menu has a large selection of pizzas and Japanese cuisine. You can choose from rolls, salads, drinks, desserts and hot dishes.
In Zakharovo you can walk through the beautiful park and see the pond, which was mentioned in the works of Alexander Sergeyevich. In 1999, Maria Alexeevna Gannibal's manor house was restored here. This is grandmother of Pushkin, who was very fond of the poet. There is a museum in the house, which is devoted to his childhood. The personal belongings of the poet and his relatives are preserved here. Nearby there is a horse yard, where you can go and see the horses. You can buy tickets in advance at [official website](http://www.museum-gol.ru/service/index.htm). Weekends: Monday, Tuesday, last Friday of the month.
If you're hungry again and you don't feel like cooking dinner at home, you should eat at a restaurant after a day well spent. American and European cuisine is available. It serves burgers, meat and fish dishes. Soups, sauces and snacks are also offered.
We spent that day to our advantage. We walked through the picturesque places, imagining how Pushkin walked here. It's hard to imagine how many famous historical figures admired them as we did.