The Apraksins? Manor is one of the most beautiful buildings in Moscow. The name of the architect, who erected the house in the 2nd part of the XVIII century, did not come down to us. The contemporaries called the manor Moscow Hermitage in miniature. Indeed it reminds greatly Bartolomeo Rastrelli?s architectural style. Unfortunately this manor-house is the only example of the houses of such a style, built in Moscow during the 2nd part of the XVIII century. Some of them got burnt down during the great fire of 1812, other buildings were destroyed by the time. At first the descendants of general F. Apraksin (Peter the Great?s associate) owned the mansion. Then Trubetskoys purchased the house. At the same time the manor got its name ?a house ? a locker?. Indeed the house with its intricate and magnificent architecture ? colonnaded porticoes, concave and convex walls, window frames, ornamental moulding and sculptural embellishments ? reminded a lot a locker, but a baroque one. In that manor dancing-classes took place. It was there where young A. S. Pushkin learned ballroom dances. The mansion is famous for outstanding people who were connected with it in this or that way. In 1830-1850 V. D. Korniliev ? D. I. Mendeleev?s uncle ? administrated the house. A famous artist P. A. Fedotov and the great chemist himself visited it. Since 1859 the building had been occupied by the 4th boys? gymnasium, where the father of the Russian aircraft N. E. Zhukovsky and the great theater worker K. S. Stanislavsky studied. The turquoise front of the house is particularly striking in appearance with its unusual forms of the windows, surrounded by white dйcor and sculptures, which are similar to those on the faзade of the Hermitage.
Address: 22, Pokrovka St., Moscow
Underground: Chistye Prudy