Visiting the home of Count Leo Tolstoy
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Visiting the home of the great author Leo Tolstoy was a great experience. Seeing the original scripts and the desk where he wrote such great works as "Anna Karenina" and "War and Peace". We were guided through the rooms of his childhood home as well as the new home he built for his own family on the same property. Even though he was a count and as such a fairly mighty man, he lived a very simple life with his family.
One of the things that impressed me the most was a bell hung in a tree outside his home. This bell was to be used for visitors or his neighbors (members of the community) who had something they wished to discuss with him. Not really a door bell, but one to attract the attention not just of him, but also the other community members when important issues was to be discussed.
Tolstoy spent most of his life at Yasnaya Polyana and the whole house is filled with his posessions.
His unmarked grave is at the property as well. It is a local tradition that the bride places flowers on the grave.
The whole property is well kept and definitly worth a visit. You can take the train from Moscow towards Tula and take bus 114 toward Shchekino which stops at the Yasnaya Polyana sign on the main road. From there it is only about 1km (go west - to the right) to the entrance of the estate. It is about 160 rupies to enter and it is open Wednesday - Sunday (but check the website to make sure!) Website: www.tulrci.edu.ru/polyana