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of Moscow > Kolomenskoye
Kolomenskoye was the country estate of the Russian Tsars in the 16th - 17th
centuries. Today this impressive historical architectural complex is within
Moscow's city limits. The Museum-reserve of Kolomenskoye unites diverse monuments
of Russian ecclesiastical and wooden architecture. Kolomenskoye's main attraction
is the 16th century church of the Ascension, chosen by UNESCO for rts World
There is a deep Golosov ravine in Kolomenskoye reserve. Magical qualities were
attributed to this place in the times when Finno-Ugric people lived nearby more
than 1,500 years ago. Two large stones lie at the bottom of the ravine, probably
bought there by a glacier.
The ancient Devichy stone has long been popular with women. They come here looking
for a cure for sterility and women's illnesses. Sometimes women sit on its rough
surface for hours.
The goose-stone, also known as Head of a horse, attracts men looking to improve
their health and gain strength. The bushes around the giant stones are covered
in coloured ribbons. According to ancient beliefs, a ribbon tied at a ritual
place confirms the wish.