The Aseeva House in Tambov

During your visit to Russia, we invite you to take a trip to a site considered as one of the main attractions of Tambov, and it is not only a favorite of tourists, but also of the citizens themselves. And what is especially pleasant is that in front of the water, it continues to improve and is constantly opening new monuments and cozy cafes. But for the most curious eyes, the famous Aseevsky palace has been renovated.

The Aseeva House, in fact, is not a palace, but a mansion, but it is not simple. The exterior of the building is astonishing, since it has an eclectic combination with baroque, classicism and modernity elements. It was built at the end of the 19th century on a farm in the rich industrial province of Russia. The Aseeva house was for a long time sunk into oblivion as a cardiological sanatorium housing. At the time it had a ruinous destiny, because it was destroyed and it seemed that it would never exist again, but they did different things that were necessary to save its cultural patrimony. They moved to repair the house and the neglected garden, as well as the interior, which was restored and was very similar to the original. Nowadays the branch of the Museum “Peterhof” is located in this building.


The important manufacturer and philanthropist M. V. Aseev built his estate on the peaceful outskirts of Tambov, just in front of a smooth surface and the silent river spill, with wonderful and wide views beyond the river. Despite the restriction with the media, he ordered the construction of the polygon as he wanted, without canons and styles. It seemed like a great opportunity to show his bad taste, but this was not the case. The main house has an amazing proportionality and grace in all its elements, being light, beautiful, with asymmetric facades and very interesting decorative solutions.

When everything was over, Aseev was not satisfied, so in 1906, at his own expense, the house improved. The walls pierced blinds, and in the lace of these the monogram of the owner could be read.

In 1908 in the territory of the Aseeva estate, it was no longer just the palace, but also a laundry service, house servants, stables, transport house and even the power plant was built.

With the advent of the revolution, the manufacturer Aseeva did not have good luck. Its factory provided around 50% of the nationalized tsarist army personnel. The manufacturer did not wait until the end of the division of property “bourgeois”, so it was hidden with his large family, which consisted of his wife, two sons and five daughters, taking them first to Moscow and then abroad.

The last thing that was heard of the enterprising businessman was in 1921, when in England, he became a Mikhail leader of Russian emigres, which shows great respect for him and his popularity among all Russian emigres. In 1985 the millionaire of Canada, who turned out to be Aseeva’s grandson, offered his own money to restore the mansion, with the only condition that it became a museum.

Thus, on May 6, 1918, the Aseeva house was requisitioned, and a summer colony was opened for children (not a correctional institution, but rather a boarding school for children from poor families). In the autumn of 1918 a group known as “soldiers on horseback” was there, and they later moved to the estate of the Faculty of Agronomy of Tambov university. And since 1931 the farm became a cardiological sanatorium.

¿What can you see?

Of course, special attention should be paid to the main country house, which was restored, and it is where the valuable collection of the “Peterhof” Museum is located today. It is noteworthy that the experts managed to retain substantially all the incorporated furniture and restored the strange reliefs.
In the park there are two hundred years of trees such as linden, elm, oak and pine trees. You can hear the murmur of the fountains, with languor, and you can see certain sculptures. In the spring you can feel the scent of acacia and honeysuckle, and in the heat of the day you will find the cool shade of the poplar crown and the blue spruce.
The main survivor of the park, English oak, according to some scientists, recently celebrated more than 215 years.

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