The estate Sviblovo, a touching corner of country life in fifteen minutes walk from the subway «Botanical Garden» is located far from the noisy streets of Moscow. The estate was restored several years ago, and now we can see a restored manor house with a colonnade and a mezzanine, two wings, a servant’s hall and the elegant Trinity church, a pearl of Moscow architecture of the XVIII century. Arranged by Cyril Naryshkin, an influential companion of Peter I, Sviblovo manor passed from hand to hand, was rebuilt and eventually became a favorite holiday home. There is a version that Nikolai Karamzin, who wrote several chapters of his “History of the Russian State”, lived in Sviblovo for a while. In the Soviet era, the manor came to complete desolation – the more amazing it is now to see all this beauty again.
Walking along the estate, it is impossible to guess that in the lower level of the imperial house of the manor there is an arched room – it is, albeit a small, but a true one-pillar chamber, constructed under Naryshkin in 1704. There is an exposition of the Church Bell Museum in this echoing room with irregular walls made of big bricks. The museum was created in 2005 by the senior bell ringer of the Moscow Kremlin I.V. Konovalov and his colleagues, and repeatedly changed his location, this is his fourth exposition. A private collection of Moscow bell ringers has since been significantly enlarged, and now you can see a unique collection of small church bells of the XVII-XXI centuries, fragments and artifacts associated with the arrangement of bell ringing, a number of bell antiquities, exotic and souvenir bells. There is an operating model of archaic sweep ringing and a whole mini-belfry in the hall, where each visitor can try himself as a bell ringer.
The excursion will be conducted by the curator of the museum – Konstantin Mishurovsky, the Kremlin bell-ringer, the expert-researcher of the bell tradition.