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A trip to Nikola Lenivets

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We invite you to visit Nikola-Lenivets, one of the most unusual Russian villages. Until recently not many people have heard of a small sleepy village in the Kaluga region. But one artist changed the destiny of the place. Nikolay Polissky turned the village into a land-art park, which has  become a magnet for contemporary art lovers from all over the world.

Nicola-Lenivets is located in 180 km to the south of Moscow. The picturesque landscape of the park, hilly banks of Ugra river, spacious meadows are an ideal setting for modern art objects and installations.

In 2000 Nikolay Poliisky with the help of peasants and residents of nearby villages created an 'open air museum", featuring set of objects around the village. It was armies of snowmen, towers made of hay, fire wood, rods.  

Only here you can see a fortress made of cones or a 16-meter tall lighthouse made of impossibly bent elm tree branches. Another interesting object is called the "Wooden Ear". A panoramic platform inside offers a fantastic opportunity to focus on the contemplation of the surrounding beauty. You can climb almost on each object, touch it with hands, take a picture of the incredible view you get from the top.
Each year Nikola Lenivets attracts thousands of visitors to take part in  Archstoyanie festival. Numerous new art objects are made especially for the festival and the guests can also watch the contemporary theatre performances and light shows.

Nikola Lenivets doesn't have any hotels. But if you wish to be close to the nature you can rent a tent and stay here overnight. You can also stay in Kaluga which is 70 km from Nikola-Lenivets. If you're planning Moscow tours for more than 3 days and you're interested in contemporary art Nikola-Lenivets is truly a great destination.


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