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Tolstoy Estate-Museum, Russia

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This branch of the museum was opened in 1921 and is housed in the building where Tolstoy and his family spent the winter months between 1882 and 1901. Situated in Ulitsa Lva Tolstovo, formerly Ulitsa Khamovnicheskaya, and just a short distance from the magnificent 5-domed Church of Nikolai in Khamovniki, the two-story house was purchased by the writer in 1882 to placate his wife, who was tired of provincial life and feared that their children's education was suffering. The house features numerous portraits of the family, including one of Tolstoy's lively and artistic daughter Tatyana by the famous Russian painter Ilya Repin, and one of the writer's wife Sofia Andreevna by the renowned artist Valentin Serov. Visitors can wander round the various bedrooms of the author's children, have a look at the servants quarters and browse round the upstairs family salon, where Tolstoy regularly entertained the composers Scriabin, Rakhmaninov and Rimsky-Korsakov and read his latest works to the writers Chekhov and Gorky. Tolstoy's study features a heavy desk and dark leather furniture, which seem appropriate to the author's gloomy literary output during the 1880s. Here he wrote his famous novella "The Death of Ivan Ilyich", "The Power of Darkness" and the moral treatises "On Life" and "What Then Are We To Do?". Unfortunately, the house's gardens and stables are off limits to the public, but visitors can enjoy a stroll in the small wooded park at the end of the street, where a seated statue of the famous writer broods beside the entrance. More info on: www.moscow-taxi.com

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