Kolomna and Kolomna Pastila Museum

In Kolomna you will feel the atmosphere of a Russian provincial town of the 19th century.

Kolomna is located not far from Moscow. You can get to the town by car or electric train and spend there a whole day.

Found at the same time as Moscow, Kolomna was a significant southern outpost of the Russian state. After the large Kolomna Kremlin had been built, the town was never taken by assault.

Tourists are drawn to Kolomna by its rich architecture, including the Kolomna Kremlin (a stone version had been erected from 1525 to 1531 and replaced the wooden one), the Assumption Cathedral of the 14th century, the Host Resurrection Cathedral (the place where the famous Russian prince Dmitry Donskoy got married), the Nikola Gostiny Church (1501), the Nikolo Golutvinsky Friary (the beginning of the 19th century) and the old Brusensky Assumption Nunnery (founded together with the Assumption Cathedral in the 16th century).

The guests of the town are particularly interested in production methods of the traditional Russian kolachi and the Kolomna pastila, which is a tasty and wholesome sweet.

The Kolomna pastila factory

The pastila factory is open for costumed and theatrical tours. They are prepared with great love and high professionalism so tourists can immerse themselves into the atmosphere of a merchant factory in the 19th century.

The Kolomna pastila museum

The Kolomna pastila museum. The factory is situated in the building of a former chocolate and pastila manufacture, which belonged to the merchant Chuprikov

The apple garden

Once you enter the manufacture you are welcomed by a gardener, who tells you about his apple garden. There you will learn many interesting details. For example, on the northern side apple gardens were environed by forests to protect them from cold winds, while on the southern side they were planted with vines, which were used in weaving baskets for apples.

People took good care of apples. There was even a special rite of their gathering. Apples were picked only with hands in a very careful manner to preserve their natural skin. People tried not to touch or move them. Accommodation ladders were not used because they could damage trunks and branches. As a rule, an apple gathering was made by children since they were more flexible and light-weighted.

In the spring, people tramped down snow around an apple tree so it would not bloom ahead of time and ruin its flowers or later fruits. The snow turned into ice and the apple tree bloomed only after frosts.

The gardener

The gardener 

While the gardener is telling his story, something is happening in the background. Apprentices are running around with baskets full of apples, the nervous steward’s daughter comes in and complains about lazy workers. As a result, tourists feel a real atmosphere of the merchant factory of that time!

Apple selection for the Kolomna pastila production

The pastila production requires only firm apple varieties. They have to be sour, storable and capable of being whipped in a light mass. Antonovka is considered to be the best variety for cooking the Kolomna pastila. The pastila made of Antonovka is particularly soft and airy. It stays fresh and keeps a pleasant flavor for a long time.

For the pastila production apples are washed, decorticated, baked and then whipped with sugar.

Depending on the sort of pastila, whipped egg whites can be added to this sugary apple mass. After that the resulting mass is baked in special baking cases.

All tools and machines, used in the pastila production, have been restored by a local blacksmith and other craftsmen in accordance with historical drawings.

Washing apples

Washing apples

The master with his apprentice

The master with his apprentice

Mass whipping

Mass whipping

Tasting pastila

Tasting pastila

Baking pastila

Baking pastila

On the neighboring street the pastila museum is situated. There visitors can enjoy unique atmosphere and listen to interesting stories about life in a provincial town and different kinds of pastila. Nearby, in a cozy garden, there is a small café where you can drink a cup of flavorful tea and taste some sweets.

The Kolomna pastila is widely known for its fine flavor, and it is packed in such a beautiful wrapping that it is almost impossible not to buy one of every kind produced in Kolomna.

The Kolomna pastila 1

The Kolomna pastila

The Kolomna pastila 2

The Kolomna pastila

The Kolomna pastila 3

The Kolomna pastila

The Kolomna kolachi

If you walk along Arbatskaya Sloboda Street and go to the Kolomna Kremlin you will surely see a merchant house of the 19th century. There is a shop which sells real kolachi with a baked handle. Since these kolachi are very tasty and flavorful they are popular among both citizens and tourists.

The Kolomna kolachi

The Kolomna kolachi

The Kolomna kolachi 2

The Kolomna kolachi 

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