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The Czar of Russian Poetry
Some scholars say that Alexander Sergeevich Pushkin (1799-1837) single-handedly created modern Russian literature. Others say that his work is more adored in Russia than Shakespeare is here. Whichever it is, his work tackles everything: from the ennui of an aristocratic life to the simple joys of the common people of his beloved Russia. Pushkin blended Old Slavonic with vernacular Russian into a rich, melodic language. He was the first to use everyday speech in his poetry. Although born in Moscow, Pushkin traveled widely throughout the Russian Empire. He has statues dedicated to him across the country, and most towns and cities have a “Pushkin Street.” But St. Petersburg was the city where Alexander Pushkin spent most of his adult life, and he eventually died there from wounds suffered in a duel. This tour will take you to the most interesting places connected with the life and work of the great founder of Russian modern literature.
The Arts Square: Pushkin's image through his famous statue.
Pushkin town: Lyceum (school) featuring Pushkin’s youth, his debut as a poet, educational system and reforms of his time;
Pushkin town: parks and sights of Catherine's Palace.
Pushkin town: The Alexander Palace and surroundings.
Michael Castle: Pushkin's relationship with the state.
The Pushkin Drama theatre (former Alexandrovsky drama theatre): St. Petersburg theatre of Pushkin’s time.
The Public library: founded at the time of Pushkin and keeps one of the biggest collections of his works.
The Cathedral of Our lady of Kazan: Pushkin and the Great patriotic war against Napoleon in 1812.
St. Catherine Cathedral: place of the wedding ceremony of Gorge Dantes (Pushkin’s murderer) with Pushkin wife’s sister.
Kitaeva’s dacha: this is where Pushkin spent his honeymoon.
Smirdin’s bookstore: one of Pushkin’s favorite places.
Pushkin’s memorial museum on Moyka 12: this is the apartment where Pushkin lived with his family for the last two years of his life. Many of their original belongings are still here.
S. Volf and Berange’s Confectionery: from here, Pushkin left for his fatal duel on January 27, 1837.
The building of the stable department: Pushkin’s funeral was held in the Cathedral here.
Alexandro-Nevsky Monastery: the graves of Pushkin's wife and many other of Pushkin’s contemporaries - writers and poets from the so called Golden age of Russian literature (Zhukovsky, Gnedich, Krylov, Karamzin, Delvig and others.)
[Option 1] - 4 hours, driving, w/bilingual guide;
We will start our tour at the Arts Square featuring a famous statue of Alexander Pushkin. From the Arts Square, we will drive you around St. Petersburg city with short stops at Michael Castle, Pushkin Drama theater, Public Library, Cathedral of Our Lady of Kazan, St. Catherine Cathedral, Smirdin's bookstore (cafe "Sever" now), S. Volf and Berange's Confectionery, the Building of the Stable department and Alexandro-Nevsky Monastery. At the end of the tour, we will drive you to the Pushkin’s memorial museum on Moyka Street. Our guide will help you with the logistics of touring the museum and then you are free to enjoy the museum on your own.
[Option 2] - 5.5 hours, driving, w/bilingual guide;
This tour option takes you outside of St. Petersburg to Pushkin town (former Czarskoe Selo). We will start at the Arts Square featuring the famous statue of Alexander Pushkin. From the Arts Square, we will drive you around St. Petersburg city with short stops at Michael Castle, Pushkin Drama theater, Public Library, Cathedral of Our Lady of Kazan, St. Catherine Cathedral, Smirdin's bookstore (cafe "Sever" now), S. Volf and Berange's Confectionery, and the Building of the Stable department and Alexandro-Nevsky Monastery. Next, we will drive to Pushkin town (1-1.5hr). In Pushkin town we will visit the Lyceum and Kitaeva’s dacha, and walk through the Parks of the Catherine and Alexander Palaces. After we return to St. Petersburg, the guide will take you to the Pushkin’s memorial museum on Moyka Street, help you with the logistics of touring the museum and then you are free to enjoy the museum on your own.
General admission fees as described;
Not included:Specical/feature exhibitions;
Meals / Snacks / Drinks;
Time/Fees for pick ups outside of the city center perimeter;
Special tour-related note:Pushkin’s memorial museum on Moyka Street is closed on Tuesdays and last Fridays of each month.
Pushkin's dacha is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.
Michael Castle is closed on Tuesdays.
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