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Kolomenskoye Museum and Nature Reserve

Russian wooden architecture

The ancient royal country residence of Kolomenskoye that includes the Tsar’s Courtyard complex (notably, a UNESCO site – the unique tent-roof XVI century Church of the Ascension), an open-air Museum of Wooden Architecture, and age-old gardens and parks, all the landmarks dating back from XIV to XIX c.

Highlights of the Kolomenskoye Museum

During the tour, visitors will discover peculiarities of traditional Russian construction and see the wooden buildings: Saint George Church, Mokhovaya Tower of Sumsky Ostrog and Nadvratnaya Tower of Nikolo-Korelsky Monastery, one of the few surviving examples of the 17th-century monastery (military) architecture.

The online tour is guided by Ivan Mirolyubov.

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A special type of the national cultural heritage, the Russian wooden architecture reflects traditional methods of construction and characteristic dual-purpose nature of the buildings that were used both as fortifications and civil structures.

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