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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 is a...

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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One of the most underestimated places in Moscow. Beatiful art noveau building worth looking inside. And the entrance is for free!

5 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
Moscow, Russia
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Moscow, Russia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

One of the most underestimated places in Moscow. Beatiful art noveau building worth looking inside. And the entrance is for free!

Thank nickuzhov
London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Ryabushinsky Mansion [1900] must be one of the most exceptional Art Nouveau buildings in the world. Unlike the fanciful entrepreneurial Art Nouveau edifices of Paris and Brussels or the flowing, organic domestic architecture of the enclave in Antwerp, the Ryabushinsky Mansion in Moscow is the essence of the new wave. For example, the architect, Fyodor Osipovich Schechtel, conceived the... More 

Thank David S
Colchester, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016

This is an amazing place to visit. Little has been changed so it's like stepping back in time. It's not large but it is captivatingly beautiful. A design dream right down to the tiniest of details such as the door handles. The stained glass and staircase have to be seen to be appreciated. Architects and designers should all go and... More 

Thank Gatt0Blu
Moscow, Russia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2015

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
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 109 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.

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Anniston, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 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 via mobile

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 46 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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When you need to hide from the city’s noise and traffic but don’t want to stroll too far, Patriarch Ponds is the place to be. Calm water, friendly swans and ducks with beautiful early 20th century architecture in the background make this neighborhood a place you’ll never want to leave. Besides stylish bars and restaurants scattered in the streets around the pond, you’ll be able to enjoy museum life from modern art to a former private apartment of Mikhail Bulgakov. As most of the businesses are open late, stop for a cocktail and then stroll by the pond to rent a boat and row yourself to the middle of the “bowl” as the locals call it.