Aleksinsky district of Petrovka, Russia, has Berov Manor House built in early 1770s. The house was built in this location because it was situated on the banks of the Oka River, which provided a beautiful view.
Ivan Petrovich Tyufyakin, a member of a prominent and noble family, was once a resident of this derelict house. Within the 27th generation of Rurik, he was a relative of the family. Tyufyakin was a wealthy noble family that owned a large amount of land. The imperial palaces and gardens in Moscow were also under Ivan’s charge.
In 1763, Ivan received from his father the villages of Kovsha and Serednyaya in Kaluga County, both of which he named after himself. He later built his estate near these villages, on a hilltop overlooking the Oka River, which afforded stunning views of the surrounding countryside.
Peter’s Manor was the original name of this property. Once the final owners took possession of the property, it became known as Berov’s Manor. First owner Ivan may have named the estate after his father or his only son because both of them were called Peter, which suggests that he did so in honor of his father or his son.
There are two distinct parts to the main building, both of which open onto the courtyard. The estate is constructed in the Classical style. In the courtyard, one could see the building’s four wings, which were symmetrically placed on both sides.
The courtyard and the buildings that surrounded it were strikingly plain. Only two pairs of columns were erected to support the balconies on the upper floors of the facades.
The Oka River is visible from the second section of the building. The half-rotunda-shaped building has a Doric colonnade that encircles it on this side. Balconies were built on the second floor so that the manor’s occupants could take advantage of the river’s breathtaking beauty.
A dome covered a circular hall behind the half-rotunda.
Ivan’s son, Pyotr Ivanovich Tyufyakin, assumed control of the estate after his father’s death. Pyotr, the director of Moscow and St. Petersburg’s Imperial Theaters, was well-known in his own right. Alexander I’s childhood friend, on the other hand.
Barbara Gurko, a member of one of the most well-to-do noble families, acquired Peter’s Manor in the early nineteenth century. Several of Barbara’s friends were well-known Russian cultural figures. It wasn’t just literature, science, and art that made her famous.
In 1838, Barbara died, and her husband, a major general, became the owner of the estate she had worked so hard to build. Alexander Gurko, his son, became the sole owner of his estate after his father’s death in 1860. For his political and charitable activities, Alexander was a well-known governor of the Provincial Chamber of Control.
When the Gurko family ran into financial trouble in the 1910s, they were forced to put the estate up for sale. In the end, Vladimir Ber became the final owner. He was a nobility leader in his district and had a significant impact on local politics. His education and passion for the arts attracted a number of notable figures from the literary and art worlds to his home.
It became a holiday home for a commissariat of people’s commissaries after the 1917 revolution, when Ber lost all his rights to the estate. In 1928, Berov’s Manor was converted into a school, and it was also used as a vocational school and a student dormitory afterward.
The estate is currently in ruins, as there is no one to look after it. The round hall’s dome has partially collapsed over time, and the walls have grown overgrown with plants. Overall architectural style remains, but the fine details of facade and other decoration have been lost..
While the eerie, decaying building is now surrounded by natural beauty, the stunning river views are still accessible from this vantage point.
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