Arkhangelskoye estate is quite rightly considered one of the most beautiful estate of the nobility in the Moscow region. The first records of the Arkhangelskoye estate date back to 16 century. At first the estate often changed its owners: the Upolotsky, the Sheremetyev, the Odoyevsky and the Cherkassky. But it became famous only in 1703, when it came into possession of Prince Golitsyn.

Prince Dmitry Golitsyn built a house and laid out a regular park with conservatories but in 1736 he was accused of high treason and imprisoned and his property was confiscated. Only in 1773 the Golitsyn`s estates were returned to their descendants. His son, Nikolai Golitsyn, wanted to build there a model residence and laid down a palace in 1784. The palace survived to our days.

During 1784-1809 Arkhangelskoye acquired its today appearance. However, it became a truly splendid residence only in the time of the Yusupov. After the death of Nikolai Golitsyn died in 1809 his widow sold Arkhangelskoye to Nikolai Yusupov. The latter invested big money in the construction and decoration of the estate, as well as created there an interesting art collection.

Here the rivalry with Moscow estates of the Sheremetyev served its purpose: Kuskovo and Ostankino. Sheremetyev had there a theatre where a serf actress Zhemchugova shone. Yusupov created a wonderful art collection at Arkhangelskoye. The collection had the pictures of Rembrandt, Vandyke and many other famous painters.

Nikolai Yusupov lived there almost permanently. There appeared a porcelain factory, winter gardens and a menagerie with rare animals at Arkhangelskoye. The estate was regularly visited by all famous people of that time, including emperors and the members of their families. Balls were always held there. There also appeared a theatre at Arkhangelskoye. It was the golden age of Arkhangelskoye.

After Nikolai Yusupov had died in 1831, his sons significantly reduced the expenses on the maintenance of Arkhangelskoye. All artistic treasures were carried to St. Petersburg. The Yusupov also moved there. After that the fame of Arkhangelskoye dwindled. 

Only at the beginning of 20 century the Yusupov began to often came to Arkhangelskoye, especially after their elder son Nikolai was killed during a duel in 1908. His mother Zinaida Nikolayevna even commissioned an architect Klein with the task to build a magnificent family burial vault there. However, no one has ever been buried there as Arkhangelskoye was nationalized after the revolution of 1917. 

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The Grand Palace of Arkhangelskoye as viewed from the Large Parterre (alley).
Sculptures on the Upper Terrace near the Grand Palace at the Arkhangelskoye park. 
The fountain in front of the stair from the Upper Terrace into the Lower Park.
The burial vault of the Yusupovs. However, no member of the family was buried there.
Sculptures near the pines and fir trees at Arkhangelskoye park. 
The sculpture «Hercules Fighting Antaeus» by М. Kozlovsky. A marble copy of the wax sculpture by Michelangelo.
Sculptures in front of the Grand Palace of Prince Yusupov at the Arkhangelskoye park.
The sculpture «Menelaus Supporting Patroclus» at Arkhangelskoye park.
The inner court of Arkhangelskoye Palace.
Semicircular stairs near the colonnade of Yusupov`s burial vault.
The Moscow river as viewed from a lookout at Arkhangelskoye park.
The front dining-room (Egyptian Hall) of Yusupov`s Palace at Arkhangelskoye.
The Antique Hall of Yusupov`s Palace at Arkhangelskoye.
The central Oval Hall in the Palace of Yusupov at Arkhangelskoye.
The Imperial Hall in the Palace of Yusupov at Arkhangelskoye.
The photo of Prince Felix Felixovich Yusupov (1887-1967)
The portrait of Prince Boris Nikolayevich Yusupov (1794-1848) in the Palace of Yusupov at Arkhangelskoye.
The sanatorium of the Ministry of Defense near the Moscow river. The two buildings are opposite the Grand Palace.
A path from Yusupov`s burial vault to the Moscow river running along the bottom of the gully.
Paths hidden under creepers at Arkhangelskoye park.
Vadim Zadorozhny’s Museum of Equipment at Arkhangelskoye. 
The exposition of retro cars and military equipment at Vadim Zadorozhny’s Museum of Equipment.
A Holsman motor buggy (USA, 1901) is an intermediary stage between automobiles and horse carriages.
Ford T (USA, 1908), also known as «Tin Lizzie», is the world’s first affordable automobile.
Horch 852А Roadster (Germany, 1937) is one of the best models of Horch (now the company is called Audi).
The exposition of military machinery at the yard of Vadim Zadorozhny’s Museum.
Messerschmitt Bf 109. The primary fighter aircraft of the Luftwaffe throughout World War II.
ZIS-115. Stalin was driven in this car.