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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
Fee: Yes

Writer Maxim Gorky's residence from 1931 to 1936, this remarkable home...

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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Art Nouveau fans will love this!

Fascinating house built by Russian architect Fedor Shekhtel. Beautiful staircase and many other details in the Art Nouveau style. A number of rooms have English explanation... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Moscow, Russia

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Moscow, Russia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Fascinating house built by Russian architect Fedor Shekhtel. Beautiful staircase and many other details in the Art Nouveau style. A number of rooms have English explanation sheets, and a pamphlet can be purchased, as well. One delightful staff member was eager to explain details of the house.

Thank jotjensen
Milan, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2015

The house was built by a banker at the beginning of 20th century, much before Gorky came in after the communist revolution. Very interesting architecture, plus much of the furniture still in place. A hidden chapel on the top floor was recently discovered and restored. I visited for free with registration, you need to pay a little fee for taking... More 

Thank Carlo R
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.

Thank Brian M
London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
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.

1 Thank Dumpers
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 

1 Thank Josephine8647
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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.

Thank Sardana K
Wiltshire UK
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 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 

1 Thank Jerry1953
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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 

1 Thank marekw
Salt Lake City, Utah
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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.

Thank Elzbieta B

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