When we went to meet with our new friends in Kaluga, we honestly could not imaginethat we get into such an interesting place called Nikolo-Lenivets. The name in no way speaks for itself. On the contrary, a very active person and enthusiast Nikolai Polissky lives in this village. As an artist who decided to flee from the bustle of the city in the midst of nature, he couldn’t sit idle for a long time and in 2006 organized an architectural festival on the territory of the natural historical reserve Ugra, which is now held twice a year, in summer and winter.
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The name of this event is very sonorous -Archstoyanie. Some time ago a historic event took place in this place - the Standing on the Ugra, but now there is a huge number of works of art that are striking in their diversity, more precisely, architecture.
Every year in Nikolo-Lenivets on festivalArchstoyanie attracts various architects and on the territory of the natural history reserve "Ugra" create their extraordinary art objects from environmentally friendly materials, which subsequently harmlessly dissolve and will not bring any harm to the surrounding nature. Almost all these masterpieces remain standing for the viewer even after the festival, and many of them can be penetrated in one way or another, which we did while walking around the vast territory of this unusual exhibition.
Leaving "for later" the older part of the exhibitsin the field, we decided to first go deeper into the forest and study the newer works of the masters. I can’t say that I understood the idea of all the authors, some works left me more than indifferent, one was greatly touched by its undisguised resemblance to a subject that was not so ethical, some really touched and delighted the flight of thought of their creators, despite the fact The implementation did not require a large amount of materials and any special preparation. For example, the ground stitched by ropes or wooden “mushrooms” on a birch tree.
We successfully arrived at the "chain house" at the very sunset, from which it seemed even more airy and ephemeral, and the hanging chains-walls gave us a nice sunny "gold".
And one of the most impressive with his ideaof the buildings we found a rotunda standing in a field, from the roof of which there is a beautiful view of the Ugra river and the nearby village. In the rotunda itself there are a lot of various doors, on each of which earlier various important phenomena of life were written, such as Children, God, Love, Joy, Travel, etc. Now, however, these inscriptions have already been erased, and for some reason, some doors have been boarded up and no longer open.
And in the night we got to the old part of the exhibition.and in the rays of the almost hiding sun could admire such powerful fantasy and impressions of exhibits as a huge wooden bull, strange pillars-columns, a dome-shaped structure, which we called brain.
In general, we understood that the festival Arhstoyanie issuch a place where you need to come for the whole day, and even better for a few days with a tent. And the surroundings of the natural history reserve “Ugra” are stunningly beautiful, and the constantly emerging and renewed exhibits stir the imagination, and even during the festival a very interesting audience will gather in this place.
Hotels in Nikola-Lenivets
Now around the Nikola-Lenivets Landscape Park witharchitectural objects and the reserve "Ugra" opened several guest houses, hotels and campgrounds (in summer). In the village of Koltsovo, within walking distance of architectural exhibits, there are guest houses with heating, shower and toilet either on the floor or in the room. Next to the houses there is a dining room, where breakfasts, included in the price, as well as lunches and dinners are served. In addition, there is a hostel "Kazarma" for a large number of places nearby. The modern building of the hostel is also to some extent a exhibit of the landscape park. For families in Nikola-Lenivets, there are large comfortable houses with heating and amenities called DoubleDom. Summer accommodation options - stylish wooden houses of modern architecture with the characteristic names: Clover, St. John's Wort and Pizhma. They are without amenities, the bathroom is shared and is located in a separate building. Next to the houses there are modern summer cafes, a pond, gazebos and fireplaces for cooking kebabs. Well, for the greatest nature lovers there is the easiest accommodation option - you can either pay for a place under the tent in the form of a small wooden catwalk or rent a tent on the spot. The park has wi-fi - in guest houses and cafes.
All accommodation options can be viewed andbook through RoomGuru. This is what I advise you to do, because there are few hotels and it is better to look at them in the hotel search engine. And already booked where he offers. In half the cases it will be familiar to all Booking.com
Search best on the map near the hotel Complex Park Nikola Lenivets. And then immediately immediately it is not clear where all this is located. You can live in the park itself (where the link leads) or in neighboring villages.
How to get to Nikola-Lenivets
Getting to the Nikolo-Lenivets is not difficult, especiallyIf there is a navigator. The village is located between the Kaluga and Kiev highway and the nearest village, to which you must first get - Grebnevo and Ostrogne (they are near, but for some reason, only the second village is marked on Google).