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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
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Phone Number: (495) 690-51-30
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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Just fascinating house for celebrated Gorky !

That was astonishing appearance of one building, since we haven't seen such architectural design of the house in the whole Moscow. It is the Gorky's house or Ryabushinsky... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 31, 2016
Oleg Y
Belgrade, Serbia
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Belgrade, Serbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2016

That was astonishing appearance of one building, since we haven't seen such architectural design of the house in the whole Moscow. It is the Gorky's house or Ryabushinsky mansion, located in Malaya Nikitskaya street. It can be said, that house is situated in one really genuine artistic region of Moscow, between the Tverskaya street and Novi Arbat Boulevard. It was... More 

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Belgrade, Serbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2016 via mobile

Interesting art-nouevau house. Not many houses were built in this style in Moscow. Famous writer Maxim Gorky lived in this house.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2016 via mobile

There are no English translations or English audio guide. Museum is small and out of the way. Probably should visit other places first unless you love Art Nouveau or interior design. House is full of historic furniture pieces.

1 Thank DanAtIDC
Moscow, Russia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2016

This is really one of the most impressive building made in Art-Nouveau style (which in Russian is called "Modern"). It was built at the beginning of 20th century by a famous Russian architect Fiodor O. Shekhtel. You should see both the building and the interior with the famous starecase in the form of a wave. Each separate detail of the... More 

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Moscow, Russia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2016

This is a place where you should go to with a guide. Even more: with a local guide. Don't be afraid - it's not going to be all about Maxim Gorky. So many interesting facts about the history, architecture and the inhabitants of the house are given by the guide that you merely forget about the time. You also have... More 

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Moscow, Russia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2016 via mobile

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

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2016

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 

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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 

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Moscow, Russia
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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.

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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 

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Patriarch Ponds
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.