Abandoned Estate, Bazhenov’s Church, and Abandoned Aircraft: All in One Place

By Irina

Abandoned aircraft in the former Bykovo Airport. Moscow, Russia.

The abandoned aircraft in the former Bykovo Airport, Moscow.

What do you know about Russia? Moscow and St Petersburg, the Red Square and Peterhof, the Kremlin and the Winter Palace? That’s all? Boring. We wanted to find something unusual near Moscow, and since we love abandoned homes, we googled and found an abandoned Russian mansion and abandoned soviet aircraft in one place.

The former Bykovo airport is located just 32 kilometers from Moscow, Russia. It was the second airport built in the Soviet Union. Right in front of it, we found the slowly falling apart historical estate of Mikhail Izmailov in the village of Bykovo. It’s a pity, but it seems after 50 -100 years, only the unique church by the famous Russian architect Vasili Bazhenov will be preserved in the old estate where Russian Empress Catherine the Great liked to drink a cup of tea.

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Unique Abandoned Russian Сhurch in Yaropolec

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Russian Kazan Theotokos Church. Chernyshov estate, Yaropolec, Russia.

Russian Kazan Theotokos Church. Chernyshov’s estate, Yaropolec, Russia.

Russia. Yaropolec. Spring. The manor of Chernyshev. The church of the family of Admiral Chernyshev, one of the favorites of the Empress Catherine the Great. This stunningly beautiful church is the only one in Russia having two domes.

The condition of the building is terrible. No wonder, because it is guarded by the state as an architectural monument. Nevertheless, the church makes an indelible impression. The entrance is shut—as if it is under reconstruction—but sure enough there is a hole. We penetrate it. It is calm and noble inside despite the breakdown. The aura is awesome.

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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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