At writer’s in Moscow

Literature lovers will be thrilled with the possibility to visit homes, estates and tombs of some of the biggest Russian writers such as Lermontov, Tolstoy, Chekov, Pushkin, Pasternak… In the centre of Moscow there are many museums and monuments of literature, but if you go not far from Moscow, you will enjoy in the touch with the past lives of famous authors and places where there were created many acts of world literature.

Poet Mihail Lermontov often when he was a young man  during 30’s of 19th century spent summer on the estate Serednikovo which used to belong to his grandmother. Colonnades  of this neo classical building  connects its four wings, each has special viewpoint projected to be able to see the park. After October revolution in this rooms there was sanatorium for those with tubercolosis called “Mciri” at one Lermontov’s poem. Centre “Lermontov” 1992 rented the land on 50 years and did the restoration of interior. It is worth while to walk along the forest which surrounds the house. There is a lake here, riding school, natural springs, stone bridges, avenues of lime and larch. Visitors can go by train fromLeningrad’s station towards Firsanovka, and then continue by bus number 40.

Young Pushkin, the pride of Russian literature, spent few summers on the estate Zaharovo in the close vicinity ofMoscowtogether with his grandmother.Pushkin’s grandmother, Marija Aleksandreevna Hanibal was the grand daughter of African slave and her reconstructed  house today is museum where every year in first week of June is held Pushkin’s festival. Sculpture of Pushkin and his grandmother is on poet’s favourite place. Other sculpture of poets, made in bronze, looks on the lake. Ride by train fromBelarusstation inMoscowto Zaharova lasts for an hour.

Poet Aleksandar Blok created his genius poems on the estate Shakhmatov’s. Visit to wooden house where Blok lived, surrounded by flower meadows is real “part of heaven not far fromMoscow”, as the poet’s grandfather used to say. In nearby village Tarkanovo is the statue of the poet of his wife  close to old church where they got married and small museum. On main estate, to where you can arrive by the path long for about 1 and a half kilometre, there is reconstruction of charming Blok’s house, surrounded by forest gardens which lead to fishponds.

Tolstoy spent the biggest part of his life on the estate Jasna Poljana. He wrote there his most famous  acts. Village estate of Lav Tolstoy close toTula, three hour drive fromMoscow, is visited by many literature lovers. The author of the novel “War and peace! Was born in Jasna Poljana where he spent most of his 82 years old life. He was buried on the estate as well. Duke Sergey Volkonski, father of Tolstoy’s mother bought the land in year 1736 and on the top of the hill built duke’s house. Many things from poet’s life were kept there: portraits, books and clothes of this house-museum keep the memory on Tolstoy’s life and creativity.

Village estate of Anton Pavlovič Chekov Melihovo inMoscow’s county was writer’s home for many years, and today is the reflection of his love to nature and country life. Melihovo is situated south fromMoscow. Every year in May is the host of international theatre festival “Melihov’s spring”. Estate’s gardens at that time are full of lilacs and beautiful blossomed cherries. Famous novel writer and story teller wrote “Seagull”, “Uncle Vanja” and many other short stories while he lived in this wooden house from 1892 till 1899. To Chehov’s town you can arrive by regular railway lines fromKurskstation. The drive lasts for about an hour and a half. After that trip to Melihov you can continue by bus number 25 or by taxi.

Aleksandr Solženjicin spent his last years in Trojice-Likov.Stoželjnicin, whose book about the life of Stalin’s gulags is famous around the world, was buried on Donsko cemetery. The lovers of his work can visit the village where the writer decided to spend his last years of life. Orchards, cottages and churches with golden domes look like the island where it is preserved the part of oldRussiaas a memory on the different life among skyscrapers  of modernRussia. The village is situated on the hill on the coast, on the other side of riverMoscowcomparing to island Serebrjani Bor (the forest of silver pine).The closest metro station is Strogino.

Peredelkino, to which you arrive froMoscoby train in only 20 minutes, has whole collection of “writer’s house”. The village where Boris Pasternak wrote his novel “Doctor Zhivago” is only half an hour drive fromKievstation, to west. Poem “In early trains” from the collection of the same name created in year 1943 explains electric train fromMoscow. Inside of Pasternak’s house is modest, bedroom and working room are almost empty. The visitor will for sure notice writer’s personal things such as boots, coats and hats and glass cups. From hothouse is offered beautiful view on today rusty orchard. Memorial house-museum of the most favourite Russian writer Kornej Čukovski, with “Magic wood” covered by shoes, is right around the corner and it is worth to visit.

 

The place that tourists have to visit is Novodevichy monastery with the cemetery where many famous persons were buried from Russian cultural life. Chekov was buried next to his father  on Novodevichy cemetery inMoscow. Through vaulted passage it is entered into old part of monastery, where there is Gogol’s statue and Bulgakovlev tomb stone. In the vicinity there are tombs of actors and director ofMoscow’s artistic theatre, marked with stylized logotype of seagull, as well as Chekov’s elegant tomb stone with the arch, in secessionist’s style.

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