Palace of Tsar Alexei Mikhailovich in Kolomenskoye
The Palace of Tsar Alexei Mikhailovich in Kolomenskoye was recreated on the basis of archive materials like drawings, illustrations, descriptions of the former village of Djakovo a few hundred meters from its original location. There it was right between the front (Palace) gateaway and the rear (Spassky) gateway, in the historical area of Kolomna, near the Church of the Ascension of the Lord, and beside the church Kazan Icon of the Mother of God. The original palace used to be a masterpiece of Russian wooden architecture and the original eighth wonder of the world.
Built in 1667 it was demolished a hundred years later on the order of Catherine II after she had decided to establish a stone residence near Moscow in Tsaritsyno, having ordered preliminary drawings and paintings of the old wooden palace. On the former site of old Kolomenskoye the stone foundations of the former wooden masterpiece were preserved and restored.
In the palace there are numerous tours, where you can visit the mansion of the sovereign, the king and the princes, peep into the private quarters of the royal family, climb the stairs to the watch tower to see the architectural medieval miracle, a breathtaking panorama of the royal roofs.
In the palace under the observation tower you can learn how Tsar Alexei Mikhailovich with his sons spent their evenings.
You can also visit the female half of Kolomna palace and learn about the life of Russian queens and princesses in the period of transition from medieval to modern times. You will hear a fascinating story about the work of the best Russian artists, engravers and painters, woodcarvers, tile craftsmen and blacksmiths who worked on the decoration of the royal palace in Kolomenskoye.