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A piece of Russia at the Tolstoy House Museum

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Few of Moscow's 19th century wooden houses remain. This was the bright yellow winter home of Leo Tolstoy who would have kept the decor intact.

It was in Khamovniki street, which now bears his name, that Tolstoy, in 1882, bought this simple, early 19th century wooden house to spend his winters in Moscow.

In May, he left to enjoy the summers at his property in Yasnaya Polyana (‘Bright Glade'), near Tula, 183 kilometres away. On the ground floor are the bedrooms and the dining room. The majestic staircase opposite the entrance leads upstairs to the row of living rooms, and the boudoir of the Countess, which served as an office a healthy distance away from the great man, with his leather armchairs and library. Amongst the original furniture, objects of daily life, portraits, and clothing, we are immersed in Tolstoy's private life, complete with the weeds and the small romantic gazebo in his garden.

‘Russia is not in Moscow, it is in the heart of her children,' he wrote. Wrong. It is at 21, Tolstoy Street.

Tolstoy House Museum
Lva Tolstogo, 21
Moscow 119034

+7 495 637 74 10

www.tolstoymuseum.ru

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