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Golosov Ravine, a Moscow park bigger than Central Park. With time travel

Christian Fernsby ▼ | February 25, 2020
Once a royal estate and now a public wilderness covering an area 15% larger than Central Park, Kolomenskoye Park in Russia is an inviting place for a stroll.
Golosov Ravine
Russia   Moscow hides an unusual and peaceful place
Golosov Ravine is its heart and the tales surrounding it add an air of mystical intrigue to an otherwise pedestrian excursion. The earliest tale of mystery regarding Golosov Ravine dates back to 1621, when a Tatar cavalry detachment turned up at the walls of the Tsar’s palace. They were lost and disoriented, claiming to be part of the army of a Crimean khan that had attacked Moscow in 1571.

Sensing defeat and wanting to avoid capture, they retreated into Golosov Ravine where they were quickly enveloped in a thick green mist. Spending what seemed like only a few minutes finding their way through the fog, they emerged to find that 50 years had passed.

They reportedly carried outdated equipment, and an inquiry formed by the Tsar found that the men “probably told the truth.” Time travel: confirmed.

This wasn’t the only reported incident of time warping mist descending on Golosov Ravine. In the 19th century, two local fellows had a big night out at a neighboring village and decided to take a shortcut through the ravine on their way home.

They finally turned up again 20 years later, telling a tale of finding themselves trapped in a dense fog at the bottom of a ravine, where they met large, hairy, manlike creatures who managed to put them back on the right path via hand signals.

However, they were shocked to find that two decades had passed, and that their wives and children did not recognize them. The incident was reported to the police who conducted an investigation, during which one of the men dissolved into the fog and never returned yet.

Large hairy man creatures figure prominently into the legends of Golosov Ravine and most likely represent the leshy, a sort of bigfoot from Slavic mythology who is more man than ape and more woodland spirit than mortal creature.

In 1926, a policeman reported seeing a “hairy wild man” over two meters tall in Golosov Ravine. The resulting investigation into the cop’s claims led to the remarkable claim in an official Moscow newspaper that a band of Young Pioneers (think Soviet Boy Scouts) had captured a leshy.

An etymological case has been made that Golosov Ravine was once the site of a shrine to Veles, the Slavic trickster god of earth, waters, woods, magic, and the underworld.

Golosov Ravine is the site of several springs considered sacred in Russian Orthodox, neopagan, and new age traditions, and contains a neopagan sacred stone shrine consisting of two five ton rocks called Diviy radiating “female energy” and Gus radiating “male energy”.

Today, visitors to Golosov Ravine can not only go for a wander but also venerate these rocks, meditate and anoint themselves in spring water comfortable in the knowledge that there have been no recent reports of mist induced time travel or giant hairy man creatures.