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Gorky's House (Ryabushinsky Mansion)

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Address: Mal. Nikitskaya St., 6/2 | Metro: Pushkinskaya or Arbatskaya, Moscow 121069, Russia
Phone Number: (495) 690-51-30
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Description: Writer Maxim Gorky's residence from 1931 to 1936, this remarkable home is...
Writer Maxim Gorky's residence from 1931 to 1936, this remarkable home is a stunning example of art nouveau architecture, highlighted by a twisting marble staircase, stained glass roof and flowery mosaic and stucco decorations.
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Gorky's house is very interesting and worth a visit. It is a beautiful example of an Art Nouveau building. You need to make sure that you do not miss the small church on the top... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 8, 2015
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Montrose, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

Gorky's house is very interesting and worth a visit. It is a beautiful example of an Art Nouveau building. You need to make sure that you do not miss the small church on the top floor. It was hidden during Soviet times.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

What an amazing house, very Charles Rennie Mackintosh in feel with some lovely décor and touches - what an amazing staircase! Pay the little extra to take pics.

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Anniston, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015 via mobile

The very handsome house is really mis-named - for all of his fame Gorky is less interesting than the industrialist Ryabushinsky and his architect Shekhtel for this gem. The sheer confidence required to build the house in this neighborhood, the imagination it took to design it, and the skill to execute the intricate details deserve more credit. While it is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

Incredible place! Wonderful masterpiece of talented architect F.Schechtel built for Ryabushinsky. You can admire beautiful windows, mosaic, doors, door-handles, chandeliers, wood tiled floor and unique marble staircase. Don't forget to see the chandelier down from upstairs. Give your attention to real wood furniture, famous writer Gorky's collection of Japanese chinas. And find V.Polenov's small canvas.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

If you like Art Nouveau, you must see this house. It was built for a rich industrialist and confiscated after the revolution, which is perhaps why it has survived seemingly untouched. Despite being a bit tatty in places it is amongst the best interiors I have seen anywhere. The staircase alone is worth the entry fee. If you want to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

Rich Muscovite industrialists at the turn of the 19th to 20th century built in Art Nouveau (or Style Moderne). Surprising how much there is in the City. This is a special one because of the state of preservation of the building and furnishings. Also you can get it. Apparently there are other great ones but they are mostly embassies now.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

Worth a visit, definitely. The architectural motif is carried throughout, from massive staircase, window casings, ceilings, floors, doors, and woodwork. True 1901 artful luxury. Faded glory - but glorious to behold.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

Impresive architecture and stairs, very dirty windows:(, furniture from Gorky times. Could be cleaner but anyway it is an opportunity to see secession style in Moscow.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014 via mobile

Our guide took us here and we really wouldn't have visited it on our own. It is in its original state, original furniture, carpets etc. It is unlike any other museum as nothing has been restored. Our guide explained that it is run by supporters and they don't receive any money from the government so rely on donations. I was... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

You have to go around the back to find the entrance and then sign in. The whole house is in serious need of TLC,but it has an attraction. I suppose it is in the same state as when Gorky died. With all these smaller buildings off the main tourist route there is a simplicity plus a desire of the women... More 

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