First of all, it is a miracle in the making. This classic historic home, belonging to Frederic Church, was almost lost to us. Church was one of the most important artists of the Hudson River School. Through monumental effort, the house, its grounds and most of the artwork and furnishings were preserved and Olana is for the most part intact and just as it was when Church lived there. Truly Amazing! The Persian style home itself is exceptionally beautiful inside and out. The tours are about an hour long and most interesting and informative. There is a senior discount available. Spectacular works of art and precious objects abound inside. This should be a destination for an lover of art, architecture, landscape, scenic views, and history. One of the most wonderful tours we have ever had. I would suggest the first tour of the day and get there early (grounds open early) to stroll around the estate without anyone being there. The house, the gardens and the scenic vistas are so beautiful in the early morning light. Pick a sunny day, if at all possible, as this will illuminate the interior of the house also. We made reservations well in advance, as tours sell out quickly especially during the summer and when the fall foliage peaks. Well worth the trip.
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