Dostoevsky in Saint Petersburg

We will walk in sign places which still store memory of the great Russian writer F.M.Dostoyevsky

  • points of interest 5 ,
  • museums 1 ,
  • squares 1 ,
  • palaces 1
10 km, 362 m
Kupets Slivchansky House

Kupets Slivchansky House

St. Petersburg, Ligovsky prospect, 25
Prianichnikov House

Prianichnikov House

St. Petersburg, Vladimirsky prospect, 11
1 km, 485 m
Literature House

Literature House

St. Petersburg, Nevsky prospect, 68/40
552 m
Saint Michael's (Engineer's) Castle

Saint Michael's (Engineer's) Castle

St. Petersburg, ul. Sadovaya, 2

The largest architectural monument that closed the architectural history of the XVIII century

The Mikhailovsky Castle is the only Russian palace constructed in style of romantic classicism. It is the unique building, which involves a lot of stories and legends, often rather mystical. It amalgamates features of a medieval knight's castle and a European palace of XVIII century. Constructed for Paul I (1797 – 1801) upon the project of architects V. Bazhenov and V. Brenna, the Castle became the place of its owner’s mysterious death. That is why during the long time here, in the very heart of the imperial St. Petersburg, two windows of the emperor’s bedroom where his life came to a tragic end were thoroughly curtained during traditional festive illuminations of the city.

At the beginning of the XIX century the Castle, "a deserted monument of the tyrant, a palace consigned to oblivion", accepted in its walls  military men and cultural figures, and later it became the residence of the Engineering school, and magnificent interiors of the former imperial palace were reconstructed and adapted for its needs. During a long time the Castle was named Inzhenernyi, and this name was connected to the Engineering school.  Throughout the Soviet period the Castle was occupied by various military organizations.

And now the restored rooms of the Castle you can visit an interactive exposition "The Romanov Saga" and an open storage of XIX - the beginning of the XXI centuries sculpture, as well as the original marble sculpture of the Summer garden that is also stored here, and equally it is a place where temporary exhibitions are held.

1 km, 39 m
Shil' House

Shil' House

St. Petersburg, Voznesensky prospect, 8/23
2 km, 408 m
Raskol'nikov House

Raskol'nikov House

St. Petersburg, Stoliarny pereulok, 5

On Stolyarnyy pereulok (Stolyarny lane) Dostoevsky "settled" his character Rodion Raskolnikov

This house at Stolyarny pereulok (Stolyarny lane) 5 are connected to significant events in the life and work of Dostoevsky. There was established the "Crime and punishment" and "Player". Here he met a stenographer Snicking the A. G., who became his wife and reliable assistant. The novel "Crime and punishment" develops near the channel, Sennaya square and Bourgeois streets.
Urban environment recreated by the author with remarkable accuracy and specificity. Dostoevsky "settled" Raskolnikov on Stolyarnyy pereulok.

972 m
Sennaya ploschad (Sennaya Square)

Sennaya ploschad (Sennaya Square)

Saint Petersburg, Sennaya ploschad

The ensemble of Sennaya square

The construction of Sennaya square ensemble was started in the time of the empress Anna Ivanovna in 1737. The square name’s origin goes back to the past when hay (russ. ‘seno’), straw and firewood were sold here, in Sennaya square. And there is an interesting fact, the hay was weighting with the cart on a huge scales. The street that leads from Sennoy market to Nevsky prospect also was called Sennaya street and later this name was changed for Sadovaya. In the 18th century it was the main commercial and merchant street of the city. Later there was made a straight road to the South form Sennaya square directly leading to Moscow and Kiev and to Tsarskoye Selo, the Tsars’ residence. During 1753-1765 there was built the Church of the Assumption of the Mother of God (which was one of the largest in the Northern capital), it was funded by the famous s merchant Savva Yakovlev. In the second half of the 19th century  Sennaya square has turned into one of the most crowded areas of St. Petersburg.
Sennaya square is often mentioned point in the novels of Fyodor Dostoevsky. And this is the place where Raskolnikov decided to murder the old pawnbroker.  And writer himself was kept here for 2 nights, in the guardhouse in Sennaya square in March of 1874 for publication the note “The Kyrgyz deputies in St. Petersburg” without special permission.

There is also the historical building where F.M. Dostoevsky was kept under arrest. And nowdays you can get information at tourist information bureau is located in this building. 

695 m
Dostoyevsky Museum

Dostoyevsky Museum

St. Petersburg, Kuznechniy lane, 5/2

The F.M.Dostoevsky Literary-Memorial Museum opened on November 12, 1971, in the house at 5/2 Kuznechny Lane

Dostoevsky had rented an apartment in this building twice, once for a very short time in 1846, and then from October 1878 until his death, on January 28, 1881. The beginning and end of his writing career turned out to be joined together in one spot. Here he had worked on his early story The Double, and here he wrote his last novel, The Brothers Karamazov. The Dostoevskys' apartment was recreated for the most part from the memoirs of his wife Anna and of his contemporaries.

The Literary-Memorial Museum of F.M.Dostoevsky was opened in 1971, for the 150-year anniversary since the birth of the author. His last apartment was in this house. The apartment of Dostoevsky was restored according to the archive plans, the memoirs of his wife Anna and his contemporaries’ reminiscences.

The Dostoevsky Museum contains a theater for viewing performances and movies based on Dostoevsky's works, and for literary gatherings.

Every year in November, when the writer's birthday is observed, the museum hosts an international scholarly conference "Dostoevsky and World Culture". Exhibits by modern artists are always on display in the exhibition rooms.

Every year the Dostoevsky Day takes place in St. Petersburg featuring participation in processions and perfomances, free tours dedicated to Dostoevsky, movie screenings, exhibitions, lectures and meet-the-artist events.

2 km, 942 m