One-day tour to the birth and burial place of Leo Tolstoy.
Visit the great Russian writer’s estate at Yasnaya Polyana!

Yasnaya Polyana (Bright Glade), the birth and burial place and almost lifelong abode of the great Russian writer Leo Tolstoy is about 200 km south from Moscow. It is a phenomenon of Russia’s historic and cultural life. With its authentic buildings, surrounded by picturesque forests, orchards, and parks, it is a typical Russian estate, which gives the visitors an insight into the every-day life and traditions of the noble family of the great writer. Count Tolstoy was born at Yasnaya Polyana in 1828 and inherited it in 1847; he spent more than 50 years in this estate and created most of his works here.

The avenue of birch trees goes up the hill towards the main house. Its rooms are wonderfully preserved and provide a nice glimpse into the environs that inspired the great Russian writer. The atmosphere is powerfully charged by reminders of the writer’s life – old furniture, portraits, books, cloths. There are plenty of items inherited by Leo Tolstoy from his grandfather – Prince Nikolay Volkonsky. The Hall served as the place to spend evenings with guests and members of the family; it is decorated with numerous portraits of the owner of the estate and members of his family. The final room of the tour is the downstairs library with 22000 volumes in 35 languages which Tolstoy used as a study in the 1870s. It was here that he wrote War and Peace and Anna Karenina.

The visitors are usually impressed by the simplicity of the estate at Yasnaya Polyana. Count Tolstoy tried to make his life here more moral and democratic. Instead of decorative flowerbeds he cultivated “useful” vegetable gardens and all sorts of fruit-bearing trees that can be still seen in the estate. The vast meadows here are full of wildflowers; Tolstoy used his woods for pedestrian walks and horse riding. A path leads to the writer’s unmarked grave among trees in a quiet corner of the estate. Tolstoi was buried here in 1910 when he left Yasnaya Polyana to start a peasant’s life but caught pneumonia and died at a remote railway station.

It is possible to combine the visit of Yasnaya Polyana with the visit of Melikhovo - Chekhov’s country estate. The places are situated on the same road, about 140 km between them. In this case it might be a 2-day tour with one night at a hotel in the old Russian town Serpuhov.

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