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Manor Bratsevo (Moscow, South Tushino) - a monument of architecture and landscape - landscape art. Homestead is located on top of a picturesque hill, descending gently to the valley Gangways. The first mention of her was only the beginning of the XVII century. Documents of the time say that the settlement in place Bratceva existed long ago, and in the darkest hour turned into a wasteland Goretova mill, and in 1618 was transferred to clerk Alexander Ivanov. Then in 1626 Bratsevo was granted the governor of Astrakhan, AI Teeth. In 1657 the owner's estate becomes boyar Bogdan Matveyevich Khitrovo, who was a prominent official, known warlords and dexterous courtier. If it were put in Bratceva boyar courtyard with household outbuildings, yards, serfs, and two mills on the river are similar. During these years, BM Khitrovo heavily involved in landscaping and building estates in her stone church of the Holy Virgin (preserved). In 1690, the village Bratsevo classified to the court administration. In 1695 the estate owned Naryshkins then Stroganoff, the last owner was a prince Sherbatov. Preserved manor house built in the Stroganoff that of "Pomeranian peasants" by the will of the almighty fortune first became "eminent" people, then the Barons, and later, and graphs.
Just in case you mistakenly heard that it was all ice and snow in Russia, take a peek at the Big Bikini Exposition. This is right on the river Moskva in Moscow!Moscow has been the capital of Russia for almost its entire history. The exception is during the period of the Russian Empire, which lasted from 1721 until the Russian Revolution 1917. For these two centuries the capital was St. Petersburg. The Russian Empire was the second largest contiguous Empire in world memory; only the Mongol Empire had been greater.Check out what's happening north of Mongolia these days, in ChitaAlthough you may not have heard of Sochi, on the Black Sea, they're building up quickly and hope to host the 2014 Olympics.Other periods of Russian history include the Tsardom of Russia, from Ivan IV to Peter the Great, and the Grand Duchy (14th-16th centuries).The earliest period of Russian history was ruled by the Novgorod Republic and Kievan Rus, which was the first Russian state dating back to 800AD in Kiev.Modern Russia remains one of the world's superpowers. They launched the earth's second satellite, called Sputnik 1, and were the first country to put a human being into orbit around earth. (The first one is called the Moon.)After the breakup of the Soviet Union in 1991, Russia became a federal republic of 83 states.Text by Steve Smith.