Oparin's House in Gorokhovets - Russia

Despite its compact size, Gorokhovets amazes with the number of attractions. Interestingly, most of them date back to the late 17th century.

Oparin's House in Gorokhovets - Russia

Oparin's House in Gorokhovets - Russia
Oparin's House in Gorokhovets - Russia

Despite its compact size, Gorokhovets amazes with the number of attractions. Interestingly, most of them date back to the late 17th century. That was the heyday of trade on the Klyazma, and local merchants actively invested in the construction of temples, warehouses and shops. They did not forget about themselves, erecting luxurious house-chambers. The Oparin House is a typical example of a wealthy Gorokhovets merchant's dwelling, which has miraculously survived to this day.

The building, made in the ancient Russian traditions of stone architecture, stands on the banks of the Klyazma River, directly opposite the Annunciation Cathedral, the construction of which was sponsored by the merchant Semyon Ershov. Matvey Oparin competed with him all his life - and this explains why he decided to move the porch in the opposite direction from the temple.

Chronicles say that at the end of the 18th century, the Ershovs were the richest family in the city, and the Oparins lived relatively modestly. But after half a century, everything changed. And already the Ershovs borrowed money from the Oparins, who became successful entrepreneurs.

A feature of the Oparin House is a massive porch, which protrudes strongly forward and stands on powerful supports, reminiscent of the columns of the same Annunciation Cathedral. And this is another thrust towards the Ershovs, they say, there are funds to decorate the house with optional architectural elements. But in general, the Oparinsky house is characterized by much more strict features in comparison with the competitor's house and restraint in decoration. Thus, window frames are no different from each other, while other architectural structures of Gorokhovets literally “scream” with a variety of shapes and various decorations. Currently, the Ershov House houses the city registry office and archive.

Practical Information

Address: Vladimir region, Gorokhovets, st. Embankment, 42.

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