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Kolomenskoye is one of the most ancient places of human habitation in the area of modern Moscow.
Archaeological monuments located on its outskirts are the evidences of the Stone Age settlements (V-III thousand years BC). For the first time Kolomenskoye was mentioned in the Testaments (last will charts) of 1336 and 1339 of the Grand Moscow Prince Ivan Danilovich Kalita. During the reign of Tsar Michail Fedorovich Romanov Kolomenskoye became the favourite summer residence of the Tsar’s family. Later the Tsar Alexey Mikhailovich turned the Tsar’s Courtyard in Kolomenskoye into an original «Kremlin in the Moscow vicinity».
The most ancient monument of the Tsar’s Courtyard is the Church of the Ascension. This church was built in 1532. Legend has it that the church was erected ex voto in honour of the birth of the son of Russian Grand Prince Vasily III. The son - Prince Ivan was an heir to the throne and the future first Russian Tsar Ivan IV (the Terrible). The Church is a sample of the first Russian stone tent-roof temple. This temple is the first stone tent-roof church in Russian architecture.