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The estate of Abramtsevo must be one of the most painted landscapes in all of Russia and has throughout the last 150 years represented a return to traditional Russian life, art and architecture. In 1870 possession of the estate fell to the Russian millionaire railroad tycoon Savva Mamontov, who was equally passionate about Russian art and culture and supported an artists' colony on the estate that became the nucleus from which the country's modern art movement grew. Some of Russia's most famous modern artists came to the estate to paint, help construct and decorate various buildings there and found the estate's unique Museum of Folk Art, from which many of the artists drew their inspiration.
The entire estate is buried deep in a wonderful mass of Russian forest, full of birch, fir, oak, larch, elder and hazel trees and with the occasional stream and pond marking the course of the tiny Vorya River. The estate is a delightful spot for a summer stroll through the woods and is a lovely afternoon outing for anybody interested in traditional Russian arts and crafts.
The Church of Our Savior (Spas Nerukotvorny), based on medieval Novgorod ecclesiastical architecture and built by the entire colony. Construction of the church, the icons is a result of a collective work of Abramtsevo society. Savva Mamontov and a few members of his family were buried in the Church and its' yard.

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  • Copyright: Olga Yermilova (olik) (56)
  • Genre: Lieux
  • Medium: Couleur
  • Date Taken: 2007-06-13
  • Categories: Architecture
  • Exposition: f/2.8, 1/125 secondes
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  • Versions: version originale
  • Date Submitted: 2008-03-15 3:41
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