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 2
11 km, 440 m
Monument to Pushkin

Monument to Pushkin

St. Petersburg, pl. Iskusstv

The opening of the monument was timed to commemorate the 250th anniversary of Leningrad

The monument was cast from bronze at the Leningrad factory «Monumentsculptura». The height exceeds 4 m, and together with the pedestal  7 m 90 cm. The pedestal is cut from reddish granite mined in Kar-Lahti near Leningrad, the base is made of forged granite. On the front of the pedestal there is carved an inscription with gold: «Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin».

After the war in 1947 a new All-Soviet Union competition was announced for the best design of the monument to Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin in Leningrad. The first three rounds did not reveal the winner. Sculptor L. D. Muravin and architect I. Karakis won the second prize. In 1949, at the 4th open round of the competition, a young thirty-year-old sculptor Mikhail Anikushin, a recent graduate of the Academy of Arts, presented his sketch. As a result, his sketch was approved by the commission. The solemn laying of the monument took place in 1949, on the 150th anniversary of the poet’s birthday.

Demoute Hotel

Demoute Hotel

St. Petersburg, nab. reki Moyki, 40
800 m
The Literary Cafe

The Literary Cafe

The historical restaurant of Pushkin's Petersburg in 1816

In the heart of the city at the corner of Nevsky Avenue and Moika River Embankment there is the Literary cafe storing traditions of Petersburg of former times.

At the beginning of the XIX century on this place there was S. Wolf and T. Brenger's well-known candy store where well-known writers, poets, journalists met, where there was Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin and from where he went on fatal duel.

It is the perfect place for literary and musical evenings, banquets, cheerful parties, business meetings, corporate parties, late dinner, pleasant weekend, romantic dates, weddings, social life, family, happy idleness, tourists, and food at reasonable price.

493 m
Palace Square

Palace Square

St. Petersburg, Dvortsovaya ploshchad

Palace Square, the main square of Saint Petersburg 

Palace Square in Saint Petersburg is a place loved by the guests and the inhabitants of the city, the heart of the northern capital of Russia. It is one of the most beautiful architectural ensemble. It is created by the best Russian architects and named after the Winter Palace on it, the latter being built under the project of F.B. Rastrelli in the middle of XVIII century.

In 1819 by Emperor’s commitment architect K.I. Rossi carried out the design of the single architectural ensemble glorifying the Russian victory in the Patriotic War of 1812. The architect’s conception was combining the existing original interiors and new constructions.

Along the southern border of the square constructed the extensive facade of the General Staff Building  was constructed. Its length is 580 meters (the longest facade in the world). In the middle of the building there is the prominent arch decorated with the reliefs depicting the flying geniuses of glory, the architectural composition Cart of Glory with the shapes of warriors nearby, and the winged goddess of victory – Nike (the sculptors - N. Pimenov and V. Demuth-Malinvsky). The height of the sculpture is 10 meters, the height of the arch is 28 meters and the width is 17 meters.

 Alexander Column was built in the square in honor of the victory of the Russian armies over Napoleon. It was built under the project of Auguste de Montferrand in 1834. The column was named after Emperor Alexander I. Weighing 600 tons and being 47,5 meters high, it is crowned with the statue of an angel defeating a snake with a cross which is the symbol of the good defeating the bad. The angel’s head is bent to the ground so his face is seen from below (the architect - B. Orlovsky). The bas-reliefs on the pedestal of the column glorify the Russian victory (the sculptors - I. Lepee and P. Svintsov). The connecting link of all the buildings was the construction of the Guard Headquarters Building on the eastern side of the square completed in 1843 (the architect - A.P. Brullov). The facade of the Guard Headquarters Building is decorated with a portico of twenty ionic columns. The most beautiful building on the Palace Square is the Winter Palace.

This prominent building occupies 9 hectares and has about 1500 rooms. There was the time when the Winter Palace was the highest building in Saint Petersburg and in the central part of the city it was not allowed to put up houses any higher.

359 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.


481 m
Lobanov-Rostovskie's House

Lobanov-Rostovskie's House

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.

818 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.

933 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.

Place of the Pushkin last duel

Place of the Pushkin last duel

St. Petersburg, park in front of the house №9, ul. Matrosa Zheleznika

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.