Route "Olga Bergholtz - the life and feat of a poet"

An excursion route related to the life and work of the "Siege muse" - the poetess Olga Bergholtz.

Olga Fedorovna Bergholtz is poet of besieged Leningrad. Poetry of Olga Bergholz, underlining the implacable resistance of the residents of besieged Leningrad, was read by millions. She was called the Leningrad Madonna, the muse of the besieged city. Olga Bergholtz became one of the symbols of the besieged Leningrad.

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House-Commune of Engineers and Writers

St. Petersburg, Rubinshteina st., 7

This house was built in 1927 - at the beginning of the first five-year plan as the first experimental commune of engineers and writers. Among the citizens of the city the house was called "A tear of Socialism". It was supposed to show an unprecedented breakthrough into the future - a communist paradise in socializing everyday life. The tenants' apartments didn’t have kitchens; instead, they were supposed to eat in the dining room, designed for 200 seats. There were bathrooms but one per floor. "House-commune" for 52 apartments was built by one of the most masterful architects of St. Petersburg - Andrei Ol, a student of Fyodor Lidval. Olga Bergholtz is the most famous inhabitant of the commune house, who lived here on the fifth floor in apartment no. 30 from 1932 to 1943, as evidenced by a memorial plaque installed on the house.


Monument to O. F. Bergholtz

St. Petersburg, Gorohovaya st., 57A

The monument to the famous Leningrad poetess was created by the sculptor N.G. Sukhorukova in the late 1980s, commissioned by the Art Fund of Russia. The sculpture was exhibited many times at exhibitions in Leningrad and Moscow. In 1988, the sculptor M.K. Anikushin proposed to transfer the monument to Bergholtz to the Leningrad Regional College of Culture and Art (during the Great Patriotic War, there was a hospital within its walls). So the statue was installed in the courtyard of the educational institution. On May 16th of 1988 year, the monument was inaugurated. This monument to Olga Bergholtz became the first monument in memory of the beloved poetess. Olga Fedorovna is depicted sitting; she casually threw her leg over her leg and thinks about something of her own. At the initiative of the college, a stele in the form of an open book with a quote from her poem was installed in front of the figure of Olga Bergholtz:

“From the depths of my soul I tore my verse,

Not sparing her living tissue"


The building of the history and philosophy faculties of St. Petersburg State University

St. Petersburg, Mendeleevskaya line, 5

Olga Bergholtz studied at the Faculty of Philology of Leningrad University.

Once on the site of this house there was a Gostiny Dvor designed by Trezzini. Its arcades stretched along the river up to the Exchange Line. Now the building is the only surviving fragment of the Gostiny Dvor.

House of Radio

House of Radio

St. Petersburg, Malaya Sadovaya Street, 2/27

The House of Radio

St. Petersburg, Malaya Sadovaya Street, 2/27

The house was built in 1912-1914 for the Noble Assembly.

Since 1932 the building has been housing the main broadcasting centre of Leningrad radio. In the days of the Siege of Leningrad the transmission did not stop for a single day and the radio remained the main source of information, announcing the news from the front and air-raid warnings. O.Bergholz, A.Akhmatova, V.Vishnevsky, N.Tikhonov and M.Petrova were among those who had been on air during those times. D.Shostakovich Symphony No. 7 (“Leningrad Symphony”) premiere took place at the Philharmonia Grand hall and was broad casted to every house of the besieged city.

In 2004-2012 the 5th channel “Open studio” - a talk show concerning political and social issues was broadcasting from the ground-floor of the house. The studio was located inside a glass pavilion open from the street side.

Numerous choirs, orchestras and radio plays were recorded in the premises of the House of Radio. After the 300th anniversary of St.Petersburg the building’s halls were reconstructed according to the modern standards. Today not only orchestras, but also the sounds of clicking heels are recorded here.

If one takes a look at the corner of Malaya Morskaya st. and Nevsky prospect a loudspeaker can be seen, set up here to commemorate the work of Leningrad radio in the besieged city.

Olga Bergholtz Museum (School № 340 of the Nevsky District)

Olga Bergholtz Museum (School № 340 of the Nevsky District)

St. Petersburg, ul. Olgi Bergholtz, 27

Olga Bergholtz Museum (Nevsky District Public School № 340)

St. Petersburg, Olgi Bergholtz st., 27

The initiative to create a museum in the Nevskaya Zastava area, where Olga Bergholtz grew up, came from the district’s residents in the year of the poetess's centenary. The idea was supported by the staff of the Public School No. 340, which had housed an evacuation hospital during the war. The museum opened on the eve of the 70th anniversary of the Breaking of the siege of Leningrad. Olga Bergholtz is often called the “muse of the besieged city”. The museum has recreated the interior of the room and the study of Olga Bergholtz in the times of the siege, and installed a memorial plaque to commemorate the poetess.


Volkovsky Cemetery Literary Corner (“Literatorskie mostki”)

St. Petersburg, Rasstannaya st. 30

Rasstannaya street 30 - a site at the Volkovskoye cemetery in St. Petersburg, a necropolis museum where many Russian and Soviet writers, musicians, actors, architects, scientists and public figures are buried and the grave of Olga Bergholz is located.