The Khrapovitsky Estate of the Muromtsevo Mansion is in the village of Murommtsevo, in the Sudogodskiy District, of the Vladimir Region, the Federation of Russia.
The Manor Muromtsevo is an aristocratic manor house 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 includes over 70 buildings.
The interior of the Castle Muromtsevo was grand before its abandonment. 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.
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. Through indirect evidence Vladimir Khrapovitsky left Russia for France and the estate suffered theft until the Forestry Institute was established in the manor in 1921. It was soon converted from the institute to the Forest College and offices. 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 was abandoned. The main palace and surrounding buildings were left to desecration and vandalism, theft and looting. The structures of the estate have quickly fallen into decay and during the time of their abandonment have been set on fire twice. Nothing is really left of the interior. It is a very unfortunate display but their are citizens in Muromtsevo who wish to see the restoration and recovery of the Khrapovitsky Mansion.
The derelict Manor Muromtsevo is protected as a state monument of architecture and cultural heritage site of federal significance since 1995.
Where is the abandoned Manor Muromtsevo located? You can find it with these coordinates. 55.929394,40.90411.
Images used under Creative Commons License Attribution Share Alike 3.0 Unported, images were under this license January 6th, 2014. All images gathered from Wikimedia Commons. Image 4 by Vladimens. Images 2, 5 and 6 by Veqrin.
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