The Muromtsevo Castle is an aristocratic castle designed by architect Peter Boytsov commissioned by Vladimir Khrapovitsky at the end of the 19th century. It is situated on the former homestead that Vladimir Khrapovitsky inherited from his father which included the town of Muromtsevo. Construction began in 1884 and lasted until 1889, with additional wings designed in the continuing Gothic Revival style added in 1906. The entire Khrapovitsky Palace and Park covered over 40 hectares and include over 70 buildings.
Muromtsevo Castle prior to the Russian revolution of 1917
The legend of Muromtsevo Castle begins in the 19th century when a Russian nobleman Vladimir Khrapovitsky traveling through France made acquaintance with a French lord.
The two began to squabble over the superiority of each country, and after tiring of the lord extolling the ornate architecture of France, the Russian declared that he could erect a castle of equal magnificence in his own country. The Frenchman scoffed and replied if he could build a castle as grandiose as the ones in France, he would come to Russia himself to see it.
Vladimir Khrapovitsky returned home and contracting P. S. Boitzov, arguably the best architect in Russia at the time. Boitzov designed this beautiful French-style medieval castle in the 19th century, and it belonged to Russian colonel Vladimir Khrapovitsky.
It included carved wood ceilings, marble fireplaces, dressing rooms with baths, walls and doors of polished wood, painted ceilings in the Anteroom, and floors of mosaic parquet. There were over 80 rooms, with some of the rooms being finished in their own style, such as malachite, pink, mirror, amber, and blue.
Abandoned Muromtsevo Castle after the Russian revolution
After the Russian Revolution of 1917, Khrapovitsky wanted to preserve the wealth of his estate and avoid the fate of it being looted and destroyed, due to the years of hardship from the revolution. He made a complete inventory of the estate and voluntarily gave it to the state. These items and land were nationalized in 1918, with some of the items going to museums and others to other cities for use.
With the expanding village of Muromtsevo growing the estate, land went from over 40 hectares to 8 hectares. The Forest College transferred to a new building in 1977 and with that, the Muromtsevo Castle and the last of the Estate of Vladimir Khrapovitsky were abandoned. The main palace and surrounding buildings were left to desecration and vandalism, theft and looting.
Abandoned Muromtsevo Castle Restoration Project
Only in 2014, a decision was made to restore the Abandoned Khrapovitsky Castle: the cultural monument was handed over to the Vladimir-Suzdal Museum-Reserve. Now the territory of the estate is under constant protection, and the palace is surrounded by a fence with video surveillance cameras.
Photos of the Abandoned Muromtsevo Castle
How To Get To The Abandoned Muromtsevo Castle
The castle is located 40 km from the city of Vladimir, 4 km from the city of Sudogda in the village of Muromtsevo. From the road you can only observe the stables or other buildings of the estate, while the castle is located in the park.
Abandoned Muromtsevo Castle on Google Maps
GPS Coordinates: 55.929855, 40.904012
Know before you go. Before you come and spend time at the Abandoned Muromtsevo Castle there are tips and advice for exploring abandoned places. We want to ensure that you enjoy your time there.
Know the Dangers When visiting the Abandoned Muromtsevo Castle, the most obvious hazard is falling through rotten floorboards — but there are often much more sinister invisible dangers.
Wear proper clothing and equipment
If you’re going to be exploring, wear clothes that you wouldn’t mind ruining. Choose your footwear carefully too. Besides a camera and any photography props you might need, you’ll also want to bring a flashlight.
Don’t steal souvenirs from the Abandoned Muromtsevo Castle
The artifacts left near Abandoned Muromtsevo Castle once belonged to somebody, even if they haven’t been there for years. At best, you’re diluting the experience for other urban explorers; at worst, you’re stealing and desecrating a historic site.
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