About sight: Aleksei Mikhailovich Palace

The landscape park of Kolomenskoye , in the south of Moscow, is considered one of the most beautiful in the city. There one can see the tent-shaped church of the Ascension, which is the UNESCO World Heritage site. It is interesting to have a walk in the Golosov Gully. In 2010 there was reconstructed one more interesting sight – the wooden palace of Tsar Aleksey Mikhailovich.

The original palace was built in 1657-1667. It was an out-of-town residence of the Russian tsar. Kolomenskoye Palace was built in traditional Russian style of that period. It was very florid and even gaudy. It was a mix of small domes and turrets, scale-tiled roofs, various carved galleries and windows crowded together. The palace has a peculiar Russian beauty. But as the palace was built of wood, it got much dilapidated already a century later, and by the time that the capital was moved to St. Petersburg became almost unlivable. In 1762 queen Catherine the Great ordered to dismantle this wooden palace, and build on its site a new stone one, but the project wasn’t to be implemented.

In 2010 the Palace of Tsar Alexey Mikhailovich was fully restored as large as life. You can see it at Kolomenskoye Park, though today it is located at a significant distance from its orig-inal site. Although it is rather far from the main sights of the park, you can get to it on foot. But you'd better take a train at Kashirskaya metro station. Inside the palace you can see tsar's chambers as well as interesting expositions dedicated to Alexei Mikhailovich.

Inside the palace one can see interesting expositions devoted to the life of Russian tsars. To-tally, there were reconstructed 24 chambers in the sections of tsar, queen and tsarevitch. There one can see both ceremonial halls and studies, as well as Russian bath, and many other interiors copying the life-style of Russian tsars in XVII century.

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