06 Nov Yasnaya Polyana, Museum-Estate of Leo Tolstoy
Almost everyone who knows something about Leo Tolstoy, can recall the name Yasnaya Polyana, which is the place where the author was born and lived with his whole family. We decided to see what the place is like – as it is pretty close to Moscow (200 km from the city) and is a nice occasion for a weekend.
So we took a car, just put in navigator “Yasnaya Polyana” and went along the route. It took us around 2 hours to get there. When entering the area of Yasnaya Polyana there is a big parking zone, we left the car there. As it was early morning and we didn’t have breakfast in Moscow, we came over the first café-place, it is called “Proshpekt” (spelled like Проспект), you cannot miss it, it stands along the road, in front of entrance to museum territory of Yasnaya Polyana. There you can taste some basics of Russian cuisine, and go on as we did.
To enter the territory of Yasnaya Polyana museum, you have to buy tickets. Tickets are of two types:
1. Entry ticket, 20 rub. – allows you to walk around the territory, to see parks, gardens, lake, Tolstoy’s grave, and see from outside all buildings
2. Ticket with the excursion, 200 rub – allows you to enter Tolstoy’s house, guest-house, which is a museum now and walk around the territory.
We went for ticket with an excursion, because mainly why you would go to Yasnaya Polyana, is to see how Tolstoy lived and what is important all the things in the his house are original and are left like they were in 1910. Our guide was a nice lady, who told us very many things about Tolstoy, his life before he settled in Yasnaya Polyana and afterwards, about his family. For sure without her stories this visit wouldn’t be so bright. Unfortunately, it is forbidden to take pics inside the Tolstoy’s house, but for sure it is safe exponents in the same state. But you can enjoy pictures of Yasnaya Polyana’s outdoors!
By the way, there are English-speaking guides, who can tell many stories about Leo Tolstoy.
It is cool to go to Yasnaya Ployana when it is nice weather, we were lucky to have sunny weather in November. Otherwise, for sure it is amazing place for late spring – the territory is full of apple-trees which are blossoming in May, they say it is amazing! And of course nice time for visiting is summer and early autumn.
A horse stable from Tolstoy times, which is functioning nowadays
Museum on the territory of Yasnaya Polyana, which used to be guest house
Our team before entering Tolstoy’s house: we are wearing special boots not to bring dust inside. Typical Russian foot-wear
ExploRussia Bear and our tickets to Yasnaya Polyana / The main alley leading to the house of Tolstoy