ON THIS DATE in 2007, Kathrin, the girls and I made a trip to Kuskovo Estate, south-east of Moscow.
“This luxurious summer residence of the Counts Sheremetev was completed in 1775, and once had numerous attractions and amusements meant for lavish receptions, theatricals and public merrymaking. Over 20 structural architectural monuments surviving to this day include a palace, a grotto, a stone hothouse, and an early Russian church. A French formal park is decorated with marble sculptures, ponds, and fanciful pavilions. The parks located on the estate are now open to general public.” (Source: “Urban Oases”, Where Moscow magazine, August 2006)
“The palace, a single-storey, salmon pink-and-white structure, is a fine and rare example of wooden neoclassicism… the rich interiors remain unchanged since 1779. They include a room hung exclusively with exquisite Flemish tapestries, an abundance of silk wallpaper and an impressive collection of 18th century European and Russian paintings.” Source: www.moscow.info)
Entrance to the palace-cum-museum was Rb150 (RM19).
Upon our arrival, we first spent some time around the forest park. The tranquil forest also attracted cyclists and joggers and was a source of inspiration for some artists too. While there, the girls also enjoyed a pony ride (Rb80/RM10).