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Yasnaya Polyana (Ясная Поляна)

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Description of Yasnaya Polyana

 

Location: 180 km (112 mi) South of Moscow, 12 km (7.5 mi) Southwest of Tula  Map

Tel. 238 6710, 517 6081

Open: 10am- 5:30pm Wed- Sun

Entrance Fee: 100 rubles

 

Yasnaya Polyana or a Bright Glade is a former residence of one of the greatest Russian writers Leo Tolstoy.  Yasnaya Polyana is situated 12 km (7.5 mi) Southwest of Tula in Tula Oblast in Russia. The original estate was constructed in the late 18th century and belonged to Volkonskiy family. Leo Tolstoy's mother, Maria Nikolayevna Volkonskaya, got married and kept the house as a dowry. Great Russian artist was born here in 1828. Here he also wrote many of his philosophical essays and novels including Anna Karenina, War and Peace and many others. However it wasn't here that he died in 1910. He left his house to look for a new beginning. Ironically he went for a new start in a female monastery where he obviously was turned back. He got sick and died in a simple room of the Astapovo train station. His modest unmarked grave is also located here. His country house was turned into museum soon after his death in June, 1921 so many of the items and interior are in its original place including his massive library that includes over 22,000 volumes.

 

Leo Tolstoy Grave

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