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Abandoned wooden house from the fairy tale

There is an abandoned village Ostashevo in Chuhlomskoy district of Kostroma oblast and 100 meters to the east this wooden wonder is standing. The building is an old two-storey house with a tower, full of various carved decoration.

The house was probably built by industrialist Markov at the end of the 19th century. It was his suburban villa (dacha). According to the other version St. Petersburg contractor M.S. Sazonov built this house for his second wife E.A. Dobrovolskaya. Photos by Denis Frantsouzov.

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It is noted that the tower and decorative gable with balcony almost exactly match one of the published drafts of the outstanding architect I.P. Ropet (1845-1908). However, it is not known if Ropet was the architect of the house himself, or another architect borrowed his ideas.

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The subsequent history of the house is even more obscure. Travelers who visited the house found posters, propaganda literature and newspapers of the 1960s. In the attic there were newspapers dated 1891 year.

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Most likely, Ostashevo village was abandoned in an era of stagnation during the campaign of closing “unpromising” villages and resettling of their inhabitants. The house was abandoned at the same time. Today the old house surrounded by the forest is looking like the mysterious house from fairy tale.

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You can reach the village Faleleevo by car. The further road to Ostashevo is very poor quality and almost impassable by car so you should have a walk.

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The initial view of the house

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9 comments

  • nile · December 9, 2011 at 10:28 am

    How amazing!! beautiful house and photos.. :))

  • galli · December 29, 2011 at 7:50 pm

    very inetresting! Who is the ownwer?

  • cheryl · June 10, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    Such a beautiful house! The photographer was brave to go inside – but I’m glad he did!

  • Xydexx · September 14, 2012 at 9:01 pm

    Fascinating and ornate houses! It’s unfortunately they’re so poorly maintained. -:(

  • Elis · October 4, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    I asked in Russia, and they told me, it must be very pretty old photos. Because the house was completely destroyed. Some idiot burned it down.

  • Donnaeg · March 13, 2013 at 11:37 pm

    This is an amazing house! Great pics! Too bad the house is in such horrible shape! It would have been so cool to be able to restore it, but I think it’s beyond repair now…

  • Deb · July 2, 2013 at 3:09 am

    What an awesome old house. It’s sad that it is left to fall down. I’ll bet it was gorgeous in it’s day.

  • Ilya · July 24, 2013 at 6:39 pm

    since realizing my Russian heritage not long ago,I am AMAZED at the beautiful and interesting place it is,not at all like the monochromatic concrete and steel monolith of a country that was portayed to us here in the U.S.,I LOVE the mother country of my Cossack (RostovDon)ancestors

  • Shirley · September 24, 2013 at 10:38 pm

    This has been a fascinating read with impressive photos. I am eager to read more of your blog as time allows. I have pinned several of your photos on Pinterest which will hopefully lead directly to this page. Please respond if you prefer that I not share your photos with my 2000 followers.

    Shirley

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