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"Pashkov house" Top 5 Page for this destination Monuments & Buildings Tip by kris-t

Monuments & Buildings, Moscow: 26 reviews and 52 photos

  Pashkov house
by kris-t

Favorite thing: At the end of Mokhovaya Street one can see a beautiful building of white stone, known as the Pashkov House. It was built by the best Moscow architect, Bajenov, by order of a rich landowner Pashkov.
There are a lot of legends about it, and according to one of them there is a secret passage to the Kremlin under the house.
In the middle of the 19th century the Rumyantsev Museum was organized in the house. Rumyantsev had collected books since his childhood. He gave money for different expeditions, and by the end of his life had gathered a large collection of ancient coins and rare manuscripts. He wanted the museum to become a Russian national museum, but unfortunately, the Count didn’t live to see it. Still, the museum did not stop enriching its collections. Tsar Alexander II offered it the famous painting “Appearance of Christ before the People” by Ivanov and some other works from the Hermitage in Saint-Petersburg.
After the Revolution the museum was closed and its paintings and sculptures were given to the Tretyakov Art Gallery and to the Museum of Fine Arts. The collection of books served as the basis for the Russian State Library that is located in the Pashokov House.

Fondest memory: Now After a 14-year hiatus, RF Culture Minister Mikhail Shvydkoi and the Russian State Library announced the launch of a full-scale renovation of the moribund Pashkov House

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  • Written Nov 28, 2005
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