Summertime in Moscow and its surrounding area, 2020


Arkhangelshoe museum-estate consists of a palace with terraced park which has one of the biggest collections of park sculptures in the world, a landscape park, a theatre built in 1817-18 on the project of famous Italian architect and painter Pietro Gonzago, a small palace “Caprice” and pavilion Small Tea House. This is a great place to spend summer day walking among beautiful buildings and sculptures surrounded by the forest and close to the Moskva river.

In the 19th century a number of great Russian writers, poets and historians visited the estate. Among them were Pushkin, Gertsen and Karamsin. A.S. Pushkin monument was also designed by P. Gonzara.

Archangel Michael’s Church is the oldest surviving building on the estate dating from the mid-17th century.


Kuskovo museum complex in Moscow is a summer estate of the Sheremetev family built in 18th century and includes Summer palace, Grotto, Italian house, Kuskovo Church and Tower bell, Hermitage in English landscape garden, the Dutch house and Orangeries. Grotto pavilion was constructed between 1755 and 1761 and was intended to represent the palace of the King of the Seas. Interior was made of whorled seashells of 24 different types which were delivered from the Mediterranean, Red, Black seas, the Sea of Japan, and reservoirs of the Moscow region.


Izmaylovo Estate was a country residence of the House of Romanov. The present-day Court retains two sets of palace gates, a cathedral and a barbican tower built in the 1670s-1680s.

Intercession Cathedral (Храм Покрова Пресвятой Богородицы) was build between 1671 and 1679, replacing an earlier wooden church. The four-pillar, red-brick cathedral features five black domes and upper section is decorated with colorful porcelain tiles.

Peter the Great Statue was unveiled in 2008. Peter The Great discovered a boat at the Izmaylovo estate which lead to young Peter’s passion of sailing and later he would found Russia’s first navy.

Izmaylovo Kremlin is a cultural center with Russian Revival-style museums, workshops & markets, located near the Izmaylovo estate.


Picturesque gothic style Bykovo mansion hidden in the beautiful forest was home to a number of notable families and is an example of 18th and 19th century taste and style. Bykovo forested park is an oasis untouched by development along the small Bykovka River.

Church of Vladimir Icon of Mother of God was built in 1789 by Vasiliy Bazhenov and is located in the village of Bykovo. The architecture is very beautiful and unusual for most Orthodox churches, it may be the only one of its kind in Russia.

Moscow Botanical Garden


Church of the Holy Trinity in Ostankino.

The first wooden Trinity Church was built in 1585 and was destroyed in the Time of Troubles. In 1625-27 Prince Cherkassky built a new wooden church. In 1692 a stone church in the name of the Trinity was build which with some modifications survives to this day.

Ostankino Palace is a former summer residence of Sheremetev family build in 1798. Currently the Palace is closed for massive restoration work but still stays one of great monuments of architecture of the 18th century.

Ostankino Television and radio Tower – the tallest free-standing structure in Europe- is surrounded by beautiful park and located near to tram station.


Golden Spike is one of the most famous fountains at the biggest Moscow Exhibition center VDNKHa.

Beautiful jasmine blossom.


The small country estate of Muranovo is located on the high bank of the Talitsa river, 60 km from Moscow. The landscape is charmingly simple and nice.

Holy Spring. Святой источник Казанской Иконы Божьей Матери.

Muranovo Museum is also called the House of Poets because its history is bound with the names of two famous Russian poets Fedor Tyutchev and Evgeniy Baratynsky. In the past Muranovo was an average country estate which consisted of the main house, a church, different residential buildings, a garden and a park. The estate and the surrounding landscape make up an inseparable harmony. The estate was built in 1816 and its main house was build in wood in 1842 by Evgeniy Baratynsky. In 1920 the estate became a museum.



Beautiful Stockholm

Stockholms strom, also known as Strommen, is a bay of the Baltic sea.

Kastellet is a small naval fort located on the top of the hill on the small island of Kastellholmen just outside of the old Stockholm city center. The Swedish flag, flying above the citadel, signifies whether or not the country is at peace. When it’s up (like in the pictures below) all is well in Sweden. The practice dates back to 1667, when the citadel was first built.

Nybroviken is a small bay in the central Stockholm which connects to the south with the bay Ladugardslandsviken.

Gamla Stan island is the city’s old town with the cobbled streets and colorful 17th and 18th century buildings.

Fika is a concept, a state of mind, and important part of Swedish culture. Many Swedes consider that it’s important to make time for fika everyday which means making time for friends and colleagues to share a cup of coffee or tea and a little something to it. There is a great variety of beautiful and cozy cafes in Stockholm where you can enjoy fika time.

Riddarholmen is a small island in central Stockholm, which forms part of Gamla Stan and houses a number of private palaces dating back to the 17th century.

Gamla Lundagatan is another charming old area on the island of Sodermaln.

Jenny Lind, a Swedish opera singer often called the “Swedish Nightingale”, statue is located in a beautiful park near Djurgardsbrunnskanalen, a canal in central Stockholm.

Founded in 1891, Skansen is the world’s first open-air museum which offers an amazing look into historical Swedish life. You can explore five centuries history with over 100 reconstructed farms and houses from different parts of Sweden. It was very interesting experience to meet the local characters working as farmers, carpenters, bakers who tell you the stories about different events and historical facts. Seglora Church is a wooden church dating back to the early 18th century. The town quarter shows urban life in Sweden during the 18th and 19th century.

The Älvros farmstead from the mid 19th century shows life in the north of Sweden, and traditional farm-bred animals.

Nordic animal at the Skansen park.

Astrid Lindgren’s Fairytale World Junibacken is situated on the island of Djurgården in the centre of Stockholm. It was an amazing experience to take a theme-train ride through the world of Astrid Lindgren’s books, with one “stage setting” for each of her well-known works, such as Madicken, Karlsson-on-the-Roof. There is also a great exhibition of different fairy tale characters inspired by amazing books. Brought back so many childhood memories.

Nobel Prize museum is located in the former Stock Exchange building and contains all essential information about the most prestigious prize in the world. Its main aim to spread knowledge and create interest and discussion around the natural sciences and culture.

Vasa Museum. The ship Vasa capsized and sank in Stockholm in 1628 ans after 333 years on the sea bed the warship was salvaged. Today Vasa is the world’s best preserved 17th century ship.