The Abramtsevo Estate, just 60 kilometers from Moscow, has a long and eventful history.

It began as the center for the Slavophile movement in the early 19th century. Under the leadership of Sergei Aksakov, the estate was frequented by the likes of Nikolai Gogol and Ivan Turgenev.

After Aksakov’s death, Abramtsevo was bought by industrialist Savva Morozov, another known patron of the arts, who brought together many of the greatest minds of his time at the estate. Among the well-known artists who spent time and worked at Abramtsevo were painters Valentin Serov, Ilya Repin, Isaac Levitan, Viktor Vasnetsov and Mikhail Vrubel.

You can grab a train and view these artists’ works and visit the on-site buildings, which contain more paintings and historical items.

Don’t miss the small church designed by Viktor Vasnetsov and a tiled majolica bench made by Mikhail Vrubel.

To get there, take the train from Yaroslavsky Station to Khotkovo, which takes just over an hour, and then bus No. 55.