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Vorontsov-Dashkov Manor in Bykovo
The Vorontsov-Dashkov Manor is an estate in the village of Bykovo near Moscow. This outstanding example of Russian architecture and decorative art was built by architects Vasily Bazhenov, Matvey Kazakov and Bernard De Simon. The territory of the estate and the park occupies approximately 30 hectares.

The first owner of Bykovo was Illarion Vorontsov - he received it as a gift from Peter I. From Illarion, the village passed on to the heirs of the Vorontsov family until the middle of the 18th century.

In the second half of the 18th century, the Vorontsovs were in disgrace, and Catherine II granted Bykov lands to Mikhail Mikhailovich Izmailov, who decided to reconstruct the estate. He did not leave heirs, so after his death, Bykovo estate went to Vorontsov again.

After the revolution, the manor was nationalized. Under the Soviet government, there was a children's colony in it, later a demolition school, a tuberculosis sanatorium. The interior items and the Vorontsov library collection were lost, and the interior was destroyed.

Nowdays, the palace is in a state of neglect, supported only by local volunteers. There is a project of reconstruction of the Bykovo estate but it has not started yet.

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