Ostankino Palace is a former summer residence and private opera theatre of Sheremetev family. Extant historical Ostankino includes the main wooden palace, built in 1792-1798 around a theater hall, with adjacent Egyptian and Italian pavilions, a 17th-century Trinity church, and fragments of the old Ostankino park with a replica of Milovzor folly.
Ostankino Palace is the real gem of Russian art of the 18th century, where the theatrical room with a stage, auditorium, makeup rooms, architecture, sculpture, painting, graphics and decorative art are in unison. The palace was built according to the plan and order of Count Nikolai Petrovich Sheremetev - one of the most distinguished and wealthy people of his time. Sheremetev was passionate about the theater, had a magnificent troupe of serf actors, so the heart of the summer residence was a theater with a unique theatrical machinery. The interiors of the main halls have preserved the original decor and decoration. Special elegance is attached to the halls of lighting fixtures made of crystal, bronze, gilded carved wood. Construction continued from 1792 to 1795, although the first projects date back to 1790, and the final decoration by 1799.References:
Easter Aquhorthies stone circle, located near Inverurie, is one of the best-preserved examples of a recumbent stone circle, and one of the few that still have their full complement of stones. It consists of a ring of nine stones, eight of which are grey granite and one red jasper. Two more grey granite stones flank a recumbent of red granite flecked with crystals and lines of quartz. The circle is particularly notable for its builders' use of polychromy in the stones, with the reddish ones situated on the SSW side and the grey ones opposite.
The placename Aquhorthies derives from a Scottish Gaelic word meaning 'field of prayer', and may indicate a 'long continuity of sanctity' between the Stone or Bronze Age circle builders and their much later Gaelic successors millennia later. The circle's surroundings were landscaped in the late 19th century, and it sits within a small fenced and walled enclosure. A stone dyke, known as a roundel, was built around the circle some time between 1847 and 1866–7.