If you’re a fan of War and Peace with a soft spot for Anna Karenina, and have already seen all the main sights in Moscow, we suggest you take a walk in the footsteps of the man who wrote them. 1. House of Lieutenant-Colonel Shcherbachev on Plyushchikha (11 Plyushchikha Str.) Pavel Kuzmichev Tolstoy was born in the Tula Region, at the Yasnaya Polyana family estate, and visited Moscow for the first time in 1837, at the age of eight, when one of his elder brothers was preparing to enter the university there. The details about this period are sketchy to say the least, but it is believed that the Tolstoy family stayed in this house. In the autobiographical story Childhood, the hero also leaves his native climes and village life for the first time and travels to Moscow. Soon, news of the death of Tolstoy’s father arrived from Yasnaya Polyana, and the youngest children, including Leo, returned to the village. But Moscow had already worked its magic on … [Read more...] about Tolstoy in Moscow: Top 7 places linked to the great writer
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See where Leo Tolstoy went for walks and learn how to raise your child to become a scientist. Here are Russia's most beautiful country estates that once belonged to outstanding writers, composers and artists. Even those mansions of well-known historical personalities that lost their original interiors, and which have been recreated, are now turning into tourist meccas for both Russian and foreign tourists. Specially for Russia Beyond, blogger and photographer Vadim Razumov, who is the brains behind the Country Estate Express (Usadebny Express) tourism company, gives his pick of the most interesting day-trips for foreigners. 1. Zakharovo and Bolshiye Vyazemy (Moscow Region) Zakharovo Boris Kavashkin/TASS Russia's most important poet, Alexander Pushkin, wrote his first poems here. As a child he used to visit Zakharovo, the estate of his grandmother Maria Gannibal (Hannibal). The big wooden mansion is now entirely devoted to the poet's childhood. Bolshiye Vyazemy … [Read more...] about 5 picturesque estates near Moscow where famous and wealthy Russians lived (PHOTOS)
Moscow has no shortage of sites connected to the life and creativity of the great 19th-century Russian writer, Leo Tolstoy. But what is something related to his life doing in the State of Connecticut, north of New York City? We went to investigate. To reach Sherman, Connecticut one has to drive for about an hour due north of Manhattan. Even before you get close, the highway ends and you find yourself on a serpentine country road, driving through thick forest with a generous scattering of lakes that were carved by the glaciers. When you finally reach Sherman’s downtown, which is no more than half a dozen quaint historical American houses, be careful not to blink, otherwise you’ll drive right through and miss it. This is a very different America than what you’ll find in the big city, and it’s precisely this seclusion and serenity that attracts the American intelligentsia to this picturesque idyll. A little bit further outside of Sherman’s center one … [Read more...] about How did Tolstoy’s garden home end up in Connecticut?
There are over 500 wooden houses in Moscow, we picked the most spectacular of them. 1. Pogodin’s izba, Pogodinskaya Street, 12A This izba (traditional Russian countryside dwelling) was built in 1856 for the famous Russian historian Mikhail Pogodin in the pseudo-Russian style. The building used to be a part of a larger estate (destroyed by bombing in 1941), that was frequented by writers like Leo Tolstoy, Alexander Ostrovsky, and others. Nikolay Gogol’ often stayed here, while working on his novel ‘Taras Bulba’. 2. The Palibin House, Burdenko Street, 23 Built in 1818, this is one of Moscow’s oldest wooden houses. It is famous for its wonderful facade reliefs. During Soviet times, it was an apartment house with communal flats. Currently, the house is under restoration. 3. 'Mumu’s House' (Ivan Turgenev House Museum), Ostozhenka Street, 37/7 This house is famous because it was a setting in Ivan Turgenev’s (1818–1883) classic, … [Read more...] about 12 must-see wooden houses of Moscow
Russian writer Leo Tolstoy (L) and painter Ilya Repin in the Yasnaya Polyana estate of Tolstoy TASS It was a long-standing friendship and, at the same time, the two men argued about everything. There was mutual admiration and influence, but there were also irreconcilable disagreements on matters of art, for instance. Twelve portraits, 25 drawings, eight sketches of family members, 17 illustrations to the writer's works and three plaster busts are the total number of works by Repin linked to Leo Tolstoy, according to Repin scholars. Portrait of Leo Tolstoy State picture gallery of Primorye, Vladivostok Repin and Tolstoy met in Moscow in 1880. At the time Tolstoy was already not only a prominent writer but was also in a state of "spiritual quest", re-assessing the values and achievements of his earlier years. It was Tolstoy who came to the studio of the relatively young artist (Tolstoy was 52, and Repin 36). In his reminiscences From My Acquaintanceship … [Read more...] about Leo Tolstoy through the eyes of Ilya Repin (PICS)