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Old Dec 11th 2011, 12:24 PM
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Maksim Galkin

Fairly young, yet famous Russian comedian, actor, singer, etc, etc, etc.

Not long ago, he spent a total of about 40 million Euros buying a hectare of land in village Gryaz, near Zvenigorod, and constructing for himself his life-long dream: a real castle.

As you can see, before Galkin, other wealthy people had built impressive dachas here. But Maxim's castle trumps all.

6 floors of red brick, covered on the outside with marble; underground parking for four cars; 2 housing buildings for servants; elevators, including a cargo elevator; greenhouse; winter garden; large banya + recreational complex with olympic-size swimming pool; furnace hall; observatory in the top tower. And the 40 million does not include the price of the land itself. Just the interior work cost 30 million.
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Old Dec 11th 2011, 12:24 PM
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The library

Individual order chandeliers identical to those in the palace of Tsar Nikolai II.

Galkin's bedroom


Kitchen designed in a traditional look but equipped with ultra-modern appliances

Total cost of this one room: 700,000 Euros.

A guest room



That specially designed stairway costs 100,000 Euros...

Dining hall


Galkin himself admits he still cannot count exactly how many rooms his castle has.



It is not finished yet, as you can see, still a work in progress. But... That is the way Russians are... think big. Galkin has said he watched many films in his youth, about knights and such in Medieval Europe; and always dreamt of living in his own castle. Now that he has the money... why not?

By the way, Galkin took care of his neighbors too. Paved the roads in the village, so that Gryaz (which means "dirt" or "mud" in Russian) no longer sees its name literally. People in that village worship Maxim Galkin. They, actually, become hostile toward anyone who speaks bad of him in front of them. Right now, there is a referendum in Gryaz to rename the village "Galkino". No, I am not joking. Other artists even jokingly refer to Galkin as "Sir Galkin" now lol
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Old Dec 11th 2011, 12:25 PM
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He probably has a small willy.
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Old Dec 11th 2011, 08:38 PM
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Impressive. Strikes me as a colossal waste of money, but at least he's spending it instead of just sitting on it. Putting plenty of builders to work. I wonder what the efficiency of it is in terms of energy.
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Old Dec 11th 2011, 09:30 PM
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Impressive. Strikes me as a colossal waste of money, but at least he's spending it instead of just sitting on it. Putting plenty of builders to work. I wonder what the efficiency of it is in terms of energy.
Good question. It must take a lot of electricity, particularly the elevators...
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Old Dec 11th 2011, 09:37 PM
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Good question. It must take a lot of electricity, particularly the elevators...
Well yes, merely based on size. But how much energy per area is another, better?, way of looking at it.
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Old Dec 11th 2011, 09:48 PM
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Well yes, merely based on size. But how much energy per area is another, better?, way of looking at it.
Who knows... Probably a lot. The rich here do not worry about those things. Either pull in the wires, or install a mega-generator or something...
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Default Re: Galkin's Castle...

Btw, this style is often called 'Scottish mock-baronial' - they've been building luxury houses with fake battlements, crenellations, bartizans, turrets and lookout towers for a half-dozen centuries now.

Generally speaking, the style is quite popular in houses for millionaires - but this particular one looks hideous with that glass/marble 'Hollywood-classical' style entrance - it ruins the whole effect!

Note to architects: anything that is designed to look like a 'castle' looks silly/stupid if it has big modern plate glass windows on the ground level.
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That's what happens when you want castle on the outside, palace on the inside!
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