Pushkin's life and duel

Visit the places related to the daily life and last days of the great Russian poet

  • points of interest 3 ,
  • restaurants 1 ,
  • museums 1 ,
  • squares 2 ,
  • monuments 1
8 km, 784 m
Demoute Hotel

Demoute Hotel

St. Petersburg, Moika river nab., 40
Literaturnoe Cafe

Literaturnoe Cafe

St. Petersburg, Nevsky pr., 18

European, Russian

193 m
Dvortsovaya ploshchad (Palace Square)

Dvortsovaya ploshchad (Palace Square)

Saint Petersburg, Dvortsovaya ploshchad

One of the most beautiful and harmonious ensembles of architecture in the world, Palace Square remains the main public space of St. Petersburg throughout nearly three centuries

Palace Square was laid out in 1819-1829 by Carlo Rossi, a neoclassicist architect of Italian descent who designed a large number of streets and squares in St. Petersburg. The picturesque Baroque Winter Palace (built in 1754-62) stands on the northern side of the square. Across the square, on the southern side, there is a classical yellow-and-white General Staff building (built in 1819-29 by Carlo Rossi). This building encircles the Southern side of the square and through its central arch, designed as a Triumphal Arch of the Classical World, you can reach Nevsky Prospect. On the eastn side the building of the former Royal Guards' General Staff tastefully closes the panorama of Palace Square, while on the West the square borders with the Admiralty and the Admiralty Garden.

Many significant events took place here, including the Bloody Sunday massacre in 1905 and the October Revolution in 1917.

Today the enormous square is more peaceful. Locals often gather here and tourists gaze at the architectural delights or stand in line to get to the Hermitage. Political rallies and official ceremonies still take place here, although today you're more likely to see a concert or festival here.

350 m
Alexander Column

Alexander Column

St. Petersburg, Dvortsovaya pl.

Alexander Column received the name in honor of the emperor Alexander 

The Alexander Column (Russian: Aleksandrovskaya kolonna) also known as Alexandrian Column (Russian:  Aleksandriyskaya kolonna), is the focal point of Palace Square in Saint Petersburg, Russia. The monument was erected after the Russian victory in the war with Napoleon's France. The column is named for Emperor Alexander I of Russia, who reigned from 1801 - 25.

The Alexander Column was designed by the French-born architect Auguste de Montferrand, built between 1830 and 1834 with Swiss-born architect Antonio Adamini, and unveiled on 30 August 1834. The monument — the tallest of its kind in the world — is 47.5 m (155 ft 8 in) tall and is topped with a statue of an angelholding a cross. The statue of the angel was designed by the Russian sculptor Boris Orlovsky. The face of the angel bears great similarity to the face of Emperor Alexander I.

The pedestal of the Alexander Column is decorated with symbols of military glory, sculpted by Giovanni Battista Scotti.


129 m
House of the Lobanovy-Rostovskie

House of the Lobanovy-Rostovskie

St. Petersburg, Millionnaya ul., 30

The house owned by wife of the prince Golitsyn

Princess Natalya Petrovna Golitsyna the wife of Vladimir Borisovich Golitsyn was the prototype for Alexander Pushkin's The Queen of Spades. Princess Evdokia Ivanovna Golitsyna, wife of Sergey Mikhailovich Golitsyn, owned an aristocratic salon at 30 Millionnaya St. (Princesse Nocturne), which was visited by Pushkin, V.A. Zhukovsky, N.M. Karamzin, K.N. Batyushkov, Prince P.A. Vyazemsky, and many others.

441 m
National Pushkin Museum

National Pushkin Museum

St. Petersburg, Moika river Embankment, 12

Memorial apartment is the last lodging of Russian poet Alexander Pushkin

The Pushkin Apartment Museum, located in one of the oldest stone mansions in St. Petersburg at River Moika, 12, which in XIX century belonged to several generations of the Dukes Volkonky. It is the Memorial Museum of the poet, telling about the last period of his life and creativity. That was Alexander Pushkin’s last apartment. There he died on January 29 (old style), 1837 after he had been mortally wounded at the duel.

The central part of exposition represents Pushkin's study. The Captain's Daughter novel and many other things were written here. A clock in Gothic style is placed on the wall. According to contemporaries, it stopped on February, 10 at 2 P.M., when Pushkin’s heart ceased beating.

434 m
Konushennaya square

Konushennaya square

St. Petersburg, Konushennaya pl.

The building of Konyushenny yard (house №1) was constructed on the left side of Moyka River in 1720-1723. Konyushennaya square laid out to the south of the building

The southern part of the area was given to the Court-Stables Department since 1730. Many residential buildings, forges and barns were built on the square to 1733. The Konyushennaya square was used as a gathering place for the court visits.

The construction of the new building for Konyushenny yard (house №2) started in 1794. The building blocked the lane between Malaya Konyushennaya street and Konyushennya square. Stable office, flats of the officers, cart house and museum were situated there.

While the Kazan Cathedral was built in 1800s, Konyushennaya square became the settlement for its builders. Temporary barracks with kitchens and bakehouses were built for approximately 1000 people.

Konyushenny yard was rebuilt after the project of an architect V.P. Stasov in 1816-1823. A compositional centre of the southern façade was Holy Face Church of the Horse Stables.

In 1883, the Chapel (architect L. Benois) was moved to the Konyushennaya square from the place of the attempt of  Alexander II.

The funeral of Alexander Pushkin took place in the Holy Face Church of the Horse Stables on the first of February 1837.The church was dismantled in 1892.

877 m
Place of the Pushkin last duel

Place of the Pushkin last duel

St. Petersburg, Kolomyazhskiy puteprovod
The place of the last Pushkin duel

The last duel between Alexander Pushkin and Georges-Charles d'Anthès took place on January 27 (February 8) in 1837 in the area of Chyornaya rechka near the Kolomyazhskaya doroga and Komendantskaya dacha. Nowadays in this place you can find a Square. The memorial park consists of a commemorative obelisk and two memorial stones, which are located nearby.

On a winter evening in 1837, Pushkin travelled by sleigh from Nevsky Prospekt to the Chernaya rechka area of St. Petersburg, then filled with woods and dachas, where Georges D’Anthès fatally wounded him in the stomach. The poet, then aged 37, had become convinced that D’Anthès was flirting with his wife and challenged the French cavalry officer to a duel.