Dostoevsky’s St. Petersburg

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4 hours

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St. Petersburg is one of the main characters in the prose of the great Russian writer Fyodor Dostoevsky. This city has undoubtedly determined both the fate and the work of the writer. What was Petersburg like through the eyes of Fyodor Mikhailovich? Bright as the famous “White nights”? Or cold and dark as stone embankments of the canals in the freezing autumn evening? In his novels Dostoevsky created the image of the city of contrasts: elegant mansions of nobles and apartment building, where the poor rented rooms, bright and spacious embankments of Neva river and close mysterious constantly dark courtyards coexist here.

During the tour you will get acquainted with the most significant facts of the writer’s biography, visit memorial sights in St. Petersburg where he resided, studied, worked, and places where famous characters of his novels and stories lived. You will explore the Mikhailovsky Castle, examine the apartments in Kuznechny lane and Vladimirsky prospect and attend the former Semenovsky platz, where Dosotoevsky had to be executed. Besides that, you will visit the scenes of the writer’s immortal creations, such as “The Idiot” and “White nights”, and will be able to see with your own eyes where characters of the famous “Crime and punishment”, Rodion Raskolnikov and the old lender woman, lived. The tour also includes a visit to the memorial apartment-museum of Feodor Dostoevsky. Thanks to extant photographs and notes, the living conditions were very carefully recreated here.

Dostoevsky lived in St. Petersburg for a total of 28 years, sequentially swapping twenty affordable rented apartments in tenement houses. The inhabitants of these houses became the protagonists of his works and found their places on the pages of the writer’s creations. Being one of the greatest thinkers, Dostoevsky developed an interest in human nature, devoted all his time to its disclosure and reflected his thoughts in brilliant novels and short stories. Realistic, bright and catchy works of the writer created a unique phenomenon – “Dostoevsky’s St. Petersburg ” – which we gladly invite you to explore.

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Tour Overview:

Life of Feodor Dosotevsky

The first stop will be made for inspection of the place of study of the future writer in the Nikolaev Engineering school, once located in the Mikhailovsky castle. Here the emperor Paul I was tragically murdered. Many believe that the senior cadets, whom Feodor Dostoevsky belonged to, came up with the story of the emperor’s ghost to intimidate newly arrived students. Dostoevsky entered the engineering school at the insistence of his father. While studying Dostoevsky independently received an excellent education in the humanities and began work on his first creations, dramas “Boris Godunov” and “Mary Stuart”, which were never completed.

On Vladimirsky prospect you will see the house were the novel “Poor people” was created. This place is connected with the tragic event in the life of the writer: here, in a rented apartment, he was arrested because of being a part of so-called “freethinkers” society. After being taken into custody, he was imprisoned for eight months in the Peter and Paul fortress also known as the “Russian Bastille” in those years. Despite the prison hardships, he was able to write a story “A little hero” there.

We will show you the former Semenovsky platz (a Pioneer square nowadays). Dostoevsky was sentenced to death here, but the execution was replaced with an exile at the last minute. Later it became known that the whole thing was a hoax performed to break the spirit of the representatives of the progressive intelligentsia.

Crime and Punishment

Our guide will take you to the places associated with the world famous “Crime and punishment” novel. You will find out in which house Rodion Raskolnikov lived and what route to the old lender woman he went with a death sentence.

“His garret was under the roof of a high, five-storied house and was more like a cupboard than a room. The landlady who provided him with garret, dinners, and attendance, lived on the floor below, and every time he went out he was obliged to pass her kitchen, the door of which invariably stood open”.

You will walk through Sadovaya and Gorokhovaya streets, visit Sennaya square and Stolarny alley. The old city area, “soaked with a sense of despair for the common man”, where the main action of the novel unfolds, will appear before your eyes.

“It was about nine o’clock when he crossed the Hay Market. At the tables and the barrows, at the booths and the shops, all the market people were closing their establishments or clearing away and packing up their wares and, like their customers, were going home. Rag pickers and costermongers of all kinds were crowding round the taverns in the dirty and stinking courtyards of the Hay Market. Raskolnikov particularly liked this place and the neighboring alleys, when he wandered aimlessly in the streets”.

Apartment-museum

Another destination of the tour is the apartment of Dostoevsky in Kuznechny lane, where he wrote “Karamazov Brothers “. In 1971 a memorial museum was opened here. It so happened that the writer lived here twice: at the beginning of his writing career and at the end of his life.  In the apartment-museum you will see the collection of personal belongings of Dostoevsky and two exhibitions – one devoted the writer’s life and the other devoted to his literary activities.

The exhibits for the museum were collected literally bit by bit. The study room of Fyodor Mikhailovich has been recreated according to the memoirs of contemporaries and extant photographs. Thanks to historical records, the museum stuff was able to fully recreate the apartment down to the smallest details which include the medication box on the writer’s table and the Mother of God icon in the corner of his room.

WHY YOU’LL LOVE THIS

  • Take a deep dive into the dark and gloomy but still enchahting St.Petersburg as seen in Feodor Dostoevsky’s novels
  • Be charmed by the silent St. Petersburg courtyards, old narrow stairs and shadowy gateways
  • Replicate the way of Rodion Raskolnikov going for a murder of the old pawnbroker step by step
  • Hear fascinating stories and legends about Dostoevsky and his characters from our experienced guide

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Sightseeing tour that includes the most significant city spots related to Feodor Dostoevsky and his novels
  • A look at dark and gloomy side of St.Petersburg that pervades most of the writer’s works
  • A visit to Dostoevsky’s apartment-museum

WHAT’S NOT

  • Killing an old pawnbroker (or anyone else) with an ax

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