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City of Pushkin is Moscow, places to visit
« on: February 05, 2010, 07:45:25 AM »
Moscow is Pushkin's city.
He was born in Moscow, spent his childhood years and returned for such purposes as a private meeting with Tsar Nicholas I, his proposal to Natalya Goncharova (twice, because he was rejected the first time) and his wedding to her. Although most remaining Pushkin artefacts are kept either in St Petersburg or in his family estates in Pskov region, Moscow still offers its fair share of Alexander Pushkin memorabilia.

[b]State Pushkin Museum [/b]

Starting as a part of State Literature Museum, this exhibition quickly grew to be independent and is now Moscow's largest museum dedicated to Pushkin. A collection of more than 2,000 artefacts sheds light on the poet's life in the social and cultural context of his epoch. The museum is also known as being child-friendly, hosting New Year's and Christmas balls for kids as well as all-year-round performances where they can playfully learn more about Pushkin's poems and stories.

Besides the exhibition halls, there is a concert hall, a conference room, a library and children's play rooms.

12/2 Ul. Prechistenka, 637 5674, m. Kropotkinskaya

Open Tue.-Sun. 10 am-6 pm (ticket office until 5:30 pm); closed Mon. and the last Fri. of each month

Admission:  free on Feb. 10, April 18, May 18 and June 6; free for under 18 on the last Wed. of each month.

[b]Pushkin's Memorial Apartment on the Arbat[/b]

Most places associated with the poet's life, including the home where he spent his childhood years, have not survived to the present day. This one did, although Pushkin lived here only for several months. On Dec. 5, 1830 he came to Moscow and rented a cosy apartment on the second floor of this house on Ulitsa Arbat. This house witnessed one of the happiest periods of his life - the early days of his marriage. This is where he brought his wife right after their wedding ceremony.

Now, the largest part of the apartment-museum's collection describes his bachelor party, which was held here on Feb. 17, 1831. Pushkin, according to the letters of his friends, was looking very sad, worrying about the uncertainties of his future and "ready to meet new sorrows", as the poet stated himself in a letter to a friend. But in another letter 10 days after the wedding, he wrote about his absolute happiness and that his only wish that nothing would change in the future. Both letters are on display in the exhibition along with many others, as well as books, pictures, and handwriting about Moscow's cultural life in the first half of the 19th century. The exhibition occupies the first floor and the poet's apartment is on the second.

Across the road you can see a statue of Pushkin ands Goncharova - a creation of the contemporary sculptor Alexander Burganov.

53 Ul. Arbat, 241 9295, m. Smolenskaya, Arbatskaya

Open Wed.-Sun. 10 am-5 pm; closed Mon., Tue.

[b]Church of the Great Ascension[/b]

The Church of the Great Ascension at Ploshchad Nikitskikh Vorot is where Pushkin and Goncharova were married on Feb. 18, 1831. The place was chosen because Goncharova's family lived nearby. Bad luck followed Pushkin on that day: the ceremonial candle was blown out by the wind, he accidentally dropped the wedding ring and knocked down the cross. Only Pushkin's fame saved this cathedral in Soviet times, though it was used as a laboratory and a concert hall with the interior destroyed. In the end it was given back to the Orthodox Church and the services are held there regularly.

On the square in front of the church there is a rotunda with fountains and a statue of Pushkin and his bride - a popular spot for romantic couples to linger.
Ploshchad Nikitskikh Vorot (intersection of Bolshaya Nikitskaya Ul. and the Boulevard Ring)

[b]House of Vasily Pushkin[/b]

The poet's uncle Vasily Pushkin was himself an outstanding poet of the early 19th century and had a strong influence on his nephew. His house on Staraya Basmannaya Ulitsa was a popular place for writers and scientists to meet; literary greats such as Nikolai Karamzin and Konstantin Batyushkov would give readings of their works there. Alexander Pushkin's childhood memories were connected with the house, and it was also the place where he returned after his exile in Mikhailovskoye. One of Moscow's few 1810-20s wooden Empire-style houses to have survived to this day, it is currently closed to the public but there are plans to open an exhibition about Moscow life in the beginning of the 19th century.

36 Staraya Basmannaya Ul., m. Baumanskaya

[b]Pushkin Monument on Pushkinskaya Ploshchad[/b]

Unveiled in 1880 with speeches by Fyodor Dostoyevsky and Ivan Turgenev, this is the most famous Pushkin monument in Russia - and probably also the most famous meeting place in Moscow. The idea of having a monument dedicated to the poet was generated by his classmates and other students from the lyceum. They organised a countrywide fund-raising effort and a tender among sculptors, which was won by Alexander Opekushin. Initially the statue stood on Tverskoi Bulvar on the other side of Tverskaya Ulitsa, where the poet liked to walk. On Stalin's orders, in 1950 the monument was shifted across the road to its current location on Pushkinskaya Ploshchad, or Pushkin Square, which incidentally acquired its contemporary name only in 1937.

Pushkinskaya Ploshchad, m. Pushkinskaya, Tverskaya, Chehovskaya

[b]Pushkinskaya metro station[/b]

One of the busiest metro stations, used by some 400,000 people every day, Pushkinskaya metro station is decorated with scenes of Moscow, Pushkin's lyceum, the poet's estate Mikhailovskoye, and images from his works accompanied with poetic lines. At a depth of 51 metres the station is one of the deepest in the Moscow metro system.

So, you have to go inside and so deep down to see the Pushkin's statue.

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