Zvenigorod is a small town at the outskirts of Moscow, which developed as an important trading and border post. Here is one of the most revered and holy places in the region - Savvino-Storozhevsky monastery. Founded in the first quarter of the 15th century it is still  a very important spiritual centre. A masterpiece of early Moscow architecture the Nativity Cathedral is surrounded by impregnable walls with a bell-tower and elegant chambers built for the Tsarina. A small local ethnographic museum describing life in ancient Zvenigorod is located here as well. In the monastery bakery you can buy excellent pastries. 
The estates of two Russian writers are situated not far from Zvenigorod. The first is the museum reserve of Alexander Pushkin, the estate where the poet genius spent his childhood. Picturesque mansions of the 18th century adjoin the landscaped park on the bank of a quiet creek. The museum displays objects from the Imperial Russia times and Pushkin family members’ portraits.
The “dacha” of another Russian writer Mikhail Prishvin is much more modest. It’s a little house in the heart of a charming garden park, a cosy and peaceful place. The rooms are designed to convey the atmosphere of the life of the Soviet intelligentsia.