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August 8th, 2009 – by: DmitryMarchenko
there are two old estates in Yaropolets: Estate of Earl Chernishev and Estate of Earl Goncharov. They were founded in 18th century. Chernishev's estate also called "Russian Versailles", because it was very rich and beautiful. Goncharov's estate is interesting because Goncharov's daughter (Natalya Goncharova) was Alexander Pushkin last wife. Now you can walk throuh Goncharov's park where Alexander and Natalya walked a long time ago...
unfortunately, Chernishev's estate wasn't restored since World War II (don't afraid - all bombs were defused). Goncharov's estate was partly restored.
Also you can visit the first russian village's hydroelectric power station (GES imeni Lenina) that was founded in 1920, small city Volokolamsk (It was founded in 1135) and old monastery (Iosifo-Volotskiy Uspenskiy Monastir).
How to get:
mm.. that is trouble! I can advise you to get there by car (in this way you must use GPS or your russian friend as GPS if you don't want to get lost) or ask your guide to help you visit these places and get back. I got there and back in Moscow in 6 hours by my car in august 2009.
Get your lunch with you from Moscow. I didn't see there any acceptable place to have a lunch (there were only small shops with some food).
Visit estates and monastery is free!
If you know russian or have a russian friend with your - you can visit Yaropolets's or Volokolamsk's museum of local lore. I think it will be cost about 3-5$ per 1 ticket.
Volokolamsk and Yaropolets are ordinary russian villages now, so don't expect to find there any notice in english or to meet people who can speak in english.
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