Staroye Shaygovo village

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Just an hour's drive from Saransk is the village of Staroye Shaygovo which was first mentioned in the chronicles at the end of the seventeenth century. The history of Staroye Shaygovo is tied to that of poet Nikolay Ogarev, close friend of the writer and philosopher Alexander Herzen. The poet’s family estate was located close to Staroye Shaygovo in the village of Staroye Akshino. Ogarev lived there from 1815 until emigrating in 1856. In later years the estate was overseen by the poet’s grandfather Bogdan Ogarev, who built a new mansion and planted an orchard. The Ogarev estate has not survived to the present day. In the centre of Staroye Shaygovo you’ll find the Church of Our Lady of Kazan, whose construction was completed in 2007.