Our Adventure on the Epiphany of the Lord: Russian Winter, Russian Cuisine and Russian Bath

By Irina

When you are going to distant Russia, you are always caught between: to go in winter or in summer? The most tourists definitely choose russian winter – the desperate ones! :-) So, we also went to Russia to celebrate the Epiphany of the Lord.

St. Basil Cathedral, Red Square, Moscow. Russia.

St. Basil’s Cathedral, Red Square, Moscow. Russia.

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Russian Castle Muromtsevo: An Almost Buried Wonder

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Castles are quite a rare architectural feature for Russia. There are plenty of churches, fortified hermitages, well-preserved military fortresses, and ancient manors of the nobility, but the castles are the great wonder.

Here you can see three castles, but can you really guess which one is located in Russia?

Castles

This trip was postponed several times during two long years, and who knows, maybe the beautiful mellow autumn gave us a shove to hit the road. Here it is, the château formerly owned by Count Khrapovitsky in the Vladimir region of Russia.

Russian castle by Vladimir Khrapovitsky in the Vladimir region, Russia

Chateau by Vladimir Khrapovitsky in the Vladimir region, Russia

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Peter I and His Baroque Church in Russia

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This happened long time ago when young Peter I ascended to the Russian throne.

A little manorial estate Dubrovitsy located near Moscow was owned by Knyaz Golitsyn – a tutor of Tzar Peter I. It was a time of troubles when everybody struggled for the Russian throne and as a result of a palace intrigues Boris Golitsyn was sent (expelled) to the village. Within a year the knowledge that the Knyaz was granted with a boyar’s title spread throughout the whole Dubrovitsy.

As a propitiatory gesture of the reconciliation with Peter I it was devised to build a new stony church of an unheard beauty – baroque church of the Sign of the Holy Mother of God.

So, let’s take a look at this fairly unconventional for Russia baroque church.

Peter I baroque church

Peter I baroque church in Dubrovitsy near Moscow, Russia

Peter I approved this decision, kept it going and moreover, recommended an Italian architect to Golitsyn. The church was laid in 1690 with the Imperial presence of Tzar Peter the Great.

Peter I baroque church in Dubrovitsy near Moscow, Russia

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