A fairy-tale palace
When the couple finally found the palace after two hours of walking through the forest, they were only able to record its miserable condition and return to Moscow. «At first, we had no intention of doing something with it,» admits Andrey, who later went on to devote 10 years of his life to the palace’s restoration. «But the palace kept returning to us in our thoughts. At some moment in time, we realized that we couldn’t just abandon it.»
After all, even in its half-destroyed state, its magnificence really strikes you. It seems as if an entire magical universe lives in its traditional ornaments, multi-colored stained-glass windows, and warm-toned wood. «We discovered a real fairy-tale castle,» Olga recalls. You would think that this is the home of a prince. Nothing of the kind. The terem (the word in Russian means a ‘wooden palace’) was built by a simple peasant in 1897. Martyan Sazonov was a carpenter, a profession that all the men from the Kostroma region are masters of till this day. Sazonov made a fortune by building summer cottages near Saint Petersburg. He returned to his native village with the money he earned, as the custom was back then, and built a small palace as a gift for his young bride. Yes, like something straight out of a fairy tale.