Visiting the home of Count Leo Tolstoy

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The childhood home of Tolstoy

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.

The bell outside Tolstoys home
Many books and manuscripts, furnitures, sculptures and portraits. In the main livingroom is portraits of himself and his two daughters. Some of his own drawings are also displayed. Even though he was a fairly wealthy man, his home is just that - a home, not a fancy palace or show case of all his works. You can see that this is an actual home where a family lived. They lived well, but by no means excessively or spending a lot of money on things. The treasures that are kept in the house are the well worn furniture and paintings. Tolstoys bed is there and the bed where his wife gave birth to their children. Even the sofa bed where he died is there in his study. The pens are still on the desk as well as note paper and so on.

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

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The childhood home of Tolstoy
The childhood home of Tolstoy
The bell outside Tolstoys home
The bell outside Tolstoys home
The home Tolstoy built for his fam…
The home Tolstoy built for his fa…
In the living room - it is a portr…
In the living room - it is a port…
Family portraits in Tolstoys study
Family portraits in Tolstoys study
At Tolstoys unmarked grave
At Tolstoys unmarked grave
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