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Literary pilgrimage to Yasnaya Polyana

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The Golden Age of Russian literature is embodied in the Tolstoy family estate, less than three hours from Moscow. Experience the intimate and eternal image of the writer.

The estate of Yasnaya Polyana, Tolstoy's property, awaits you less than three hours from Moscow. Come hereby car orby the express train from Kurskaya station to Tula, then bus (261).

Here, Tolstoy wrote his masterpieces War and Peace and Anna Karenina. Lakes, ponds, and birch trees extend over 500 hectares (which grew to 2,000 by the time of his death in 1910). And, there is, of course, the northeast wing of the Great House where the Tolstoy family lived. His wife Sophia tried to keep the house exactly the way it was when the writer departed this life, and the estate was transformed into a memorial museum after the October Revolution.

It retains the portraits by Repin and Kramskoy, the latter of which offers to the world the immortal image of the writer at age 45. Tolstoy's abundant documentary library is still here, an important collection for a writer who depicted reality in the most precisely detailed of ways. Here, the Russian soul blooms each spring, along with the wild oats of revolutionary ideas.

Yasnaya Polyana
Tula Oblast 301214

+7 487 517 60 73

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