Yesenin in St. Petersburg

This route will guide you through the life of Sergei Yesenin in St. Petersburg

  • points of interest 7 ,
  • hotels 1 ,
  • squares 1 ,
  • theaters 1
9 km, 215 m
Houses of Kushelev-Bezborodko

Houses of Kushelev-Bezborodko

St. Petersburg, Gagarinskaya ul., 1

This place was inspirational for the prominent poet.

Muruzi House

Muruzi House

St. Petersburg, Liteiny pr., 24

MURUZI HOUSE (27/24 Liteiny prospekt), an architectural monument, five-storied apartment house, constructed in 1874-1877 (architect A.K. Serebryakov with the assistance of P.I. Shestov and N.V. Sultanov) and belonging to Prince A.D. Muruzi (1807-1880). The facades are decorated in Moresque style. Muruzi House occupies the territory between Liteiny Avenue, Panteleymonovskaya (nowadays Pestelya) Street and Preobrazhenskaya Square. At the beginning of the 19th century there was a wooden house owned by the founder of Russian-American Campaign N.P. Rezanov (1764-1807). In 1848-1850, it was owned by a famous collector Prince V.V. Kochubey. In 1890-1917, the building belonged to General О.F. Rein. In 1889-1913, in the house of Muruzi D.S. Merezhkovsky, Z.N. Gippius and D.V. Filosofov (look for Salon of Merezhkovsky) lived. In apartment number 9 the poet V.A. Pyast (Pestovsky) spent his youth, in the private library of his mother in 1911 the meetings of Tsekh Poetov (poets' workshop) took place. In 1919, in Muruzi House a studio of young translators supervised by the publishing house World Literature was opened, in 1921 on the initiative of N.S. Gumilev the House of Poets was established. In 1949-72, I.A. Brodsky lived in the communal apartment number 28 (memorial plaque).

1 km, 45 m
Yesenin Memorial Plate

Yesenin Memorial Plate

St. Petersburg, Liteynyi pr. 33

The famous poet lived here during 1917-1918.

201 m
Stepanov Guest House

Stepanov Guest House

St. Petersburg, Fontanka emb., 38

Various prominent people stayed here.

1 km, 126 m
Saint Petersburg City Duma

Saint Petersburg City Duma

St. Petersburg, Nevskiy prospect, 33

Emperor Paul replaced it by the so-called Ratusha, but his son, Alexander I, had the Duma restored four years later. The next emperor, Nicholas I, expanded the institution from six to twelve members in 1846. Alexander II of Russia reorganized it once again during the Zemstvo reform of the 1870s. In September 1918 the Duma was abolished and its functions devolved on the Petrograd Soviet.

The Neoclassical headquarters of the Duma were erected on the main city avenue, Nevsky Prospekt, between 1784 and 1787. The famous Italianate tower was added in 1799–1804 to a design by Giacomo Ferrari. In 1847–52, the edifice was rebuilt in the Neo-Renaissance style, favoured by Nicholas I. Two more floors were added to the building in 1913–14. A spacious central hall of the City Duma was frequently let to host high-profile social events.

The structure is located at the corner of the avenue and Dumskaya Street, opposite the Merchant Court and Grand Hotel Europe. Its distinctive tower, formerly used for fire observation, can still be seen the whole length of Nevsky Prospekt after the crossing with Fontanka River.

During the Soviet years, the Smolny effectively functioned as the Saint Petersburg City Hall. After the dissolution of the Soviet Union, the Legislative Assembly made the Marie Palace its headquarters. Nowadays there is a branch of Sberbank.

988 m
The St. Petersburg Philharmonia (Small Hall)

The St. Petersburg Philharmonia (Small Hall)

St. Petersburg, Nevskiy prospect, 30

The history of the beautiful mansion began in the XVIII century. It was designed by architect B. Rastrelli.  Balls and masquerades took place here regularly. The first Russian Philharmonic Society gave its concerts in this hall.

The world premieres of Haydn's oratorio The Creation (1802) and Beethoven`s Missa Solemnis (1824) occured in this hall.

The Small Hall has a rich history of concerts. True stars of world music have given concerts in this Hall: Sviatoslav Richter, Emil Gilels, Glenn Gould,  Vladimir  Ashkenazy, Stanislav and Heinrich Neuhaus, Grigory Sokolov, Eliso Virsaladze, Mstislav Rostropovich, David  Oistrakh,  Yuri Bashmet, Viktor Tretiakov, Natalia Gutman, Katia Ricciarelli, Elena Obraztsova, Olga Borodina, Ljubov Kazarnovskaya, Sergei Leiferkus,  Yevgeny  Nesterenko, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Vladimir Chernov, Gustav Leonhardt, Vadim Repin and wonderful chamber orchestras.

Premiers of works by Shostakovich, Sviridov, Shchedrin, Petrov, Tishchenko and Slonimsky have taken place in the Small Hall. Many International festivals and competitions are organized in this hall.  Listeners and musicians of all ages appreciate the ambience of the Small Hall.

124 m
Teatralnaya square

Teatralnaya square

St. Petersburg, Admiralteysky district, Teatral'naya ploschad'

Teatralnaya Square is one of the oldest squares in St. Petersburg.

It appeared just three decades after the founding of the city - in the 1730s. At the beginning of the XVIII century it was commonly called Brumbergskaya or Brumbergova square, by the name of the owner of the nearby Brumberg saw mills.

This square was formed during Catherine the Great's time with the construction of the Big (or Stone) Theatre. This theatre, which could hold up to 3,000 people, was the most significant theatrical construction in St. Petersburg at the time. In the evenings the Kolomna area attracted all of St. Petersburg elite. However, the Big Theatre suffered a sad fate: a huge fire in 1811 nearly destroyed it.

At the end of the XIX century a new building was erected in its place (Teatralnaya Sq., 3). It was intended for the St. Petersburg Conservatory, founded in 1862 at the initiative of the composer Anton Rubinstein.

This is the oldest Russian music academy which was attended by many famous musicians (Prokofiev, Shostakovich, Mravinsky, etc.). At the conservatory there is also a Theatre of Opera and Ballet.

There are two monuments to the great Russian composers Glinka and Rimsky-Korsakov to be found on Teatralnaya Square.

2 km, 270 m
Blok's Memorial Apartment

Blok's Memorial Apartment

St. Petersburg, ul. Dekabristov, 57

BLOK'S MEMORIAL FLAT situated at 57 Dekabristov Street, branch of the State Museum of St. Petersburg History. It was opened in 1980 for the 100th anniversary of the poet's death in M. E. Petrovsky's former apartment house built by architect M. F. Peterson in 1874-75 where A. A. Blok settled in 1912 to live the last nine years of his life. The exposition is based on Blok's personal belongings that were kept in the Institute of Russian Literature of the Russian Academy of Sciences situated in Pushkin House and N. P. Ilyin's collection numbering about 7,000 items. In memorial flat No. 21 on the fourth floor, there is the poet's study, dining room, and bedroom, as well as a sitting room of his wife L. D. Blok, (nee Mendeleeva). Flat No. 23 on the second floor where Blok's mother lived houses a literary exposition covering the poet's creative development. The poet's death mask and L. A. Bruni's picture, Blok on His Death Bed, are exhibited here in the room where Blok died on 7 August 1921. The museum funds include V. N. Orlov's library and works by L. S. Bakst, N. S. Goncharova, M. A. Voloshin, and B. M. Kustodiev. The so-called Blok Scientific Conference is held annually.

1 km, 42 m
Demidov's Houses

Demidov's Houses

St. Petersburg, Bolshaya Morskaya ul., 43

DEMIDOV’S HOUSES (43-45 Bolshaya Morskaya Street), architectural monuments. Two houses situated on these plots were built in the 1740s, and in 1835-40, reconstructed by architect A.A. Montferrand for P.N. Demidov, who was a mine owner. The facade of the three-storied house No 43 is decorated with elements of the Baroque. The ground floor is rusticated, the upper ones are decorated with pilasters. Marble atlantes and caryatids support a large balcony, over which marble figures of Glory hold a cartouche with the owner's coat of arms (sculptor T. Jacque). Architect G.A. Bosse and artist A. Vigi participated in designing the interiors. The main hall was decorated with malachite (columns, fireplace), the rest, with gilt fretwork and chasing. In 1875-1911, the house belonged to Princes N.F. Liven and used to be one of the centres for Baptist promulgation. In 1911, the Italian embassy moved in, and the officers took with them the malachite interior decorations in 1918. Today, Baltic Bank is situated in the building. The house No 45 consists of two wings: the single-storey wing on the right is decorated by columns and reliefs, the three-storied wing on the left is decorated with a terrace with busts in it. In 1873-74, the interiors were partly reconstructed (architect M.E. Messmacher, I.V. Strom). The decorations of a white marble staircase, Oak hall and other rooms have been preserved. In 1923-32, poet N.A. Klyuev lived in the yard wing. Currently, the department of the Union of Composers is situated in the building.

1 km, 784 m
Angleterre Hotel

Angleterre Hotel

Malaya Morskaya street, 24

The Angleterre Hotel is very favourably located 5 to 10 minute’s walk from Palace Square, the Hermitage and Nevsky Prospekt. It is adjacent to the stunning Saint Isaac’s Cathedral. Energize at the gym. Rejuvenate at the sauna and solarium, and with a massage. Follow all with a dip in the Hotel Angleterre pool. When ready to go out, ask at the tours and tickets desk for advice. The ATM is also useful. Return to superb, authentic Italian food at the chic Borsalino Restaurant. Or savour the delicacies at the Caviar Bar. The attractive Gallery is the perfect place for a tea or coffee during the day, and to meet friends or colleagues. Business travellers are well provided for, with 3 multi-functional meeting rooms for up to 100 people. There is a 205-person capacity theatre-style space, with 4-language translation. Secretarial services are also offered.

296 m