Eighteen kilometers south of Smolensk Talashkino manor is located.
Here at the turn of the XIX-XX centuries. a famous patron of art, collector and artist Maria Tenisheva created a kind of art center, which received a European fame.
The creative atmosphere of Talashkino attracted here many prominent figures of Russian culture, such as Repin and Vrubel who worked here.
A whole period in the life of Talashkino is associated with the name of Nicholas Roerich. One of his best monumental creations has survived to our days - the magnificent mosaic “The Vernicle” (the Savior), made by the artist above the portal of the church Of the Saint spirit.
Another of the attractions of Talashkino is the famous fairy-tale house "Teremok". This log building, designed by Sergei Malyutin, is a true masterpiece of Russian architecture. Windows, doors, cornices, trim - everything was made skillfully and tracery cut. Bright coloring, fabulous motifs on the facades create a festive and fantastic image.
In the “Teremok” you can see the products of Talashkin workshops and, of course, the works of those who brought Talashkin glory - furniture made according to sketches by S. Maliutin, watercolors by M. A. Vrubel, ceramics by N. Roerich, painted balalaika that made a splash at the World Exhibition in Paris.
Today, all the surviving buildings of the former Tenishev manor are included in the historical and architectural complex "Teremok" of the Smolensk State Museum-Reserve.
The museum is open daily from 10.00 to 17.00 (ticket office till 16:30) Day off – Monday/last Thursday of the month.