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Gorky's House (Ryabushinsky Mansion)
Ranked #84 of 2,438 things to do in Moscow
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
New York
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“The best things in life are free...”
Reviewed August 24, 2012

Including this handsome Art Nouveau mansion tucked away on a quiet Moscow street. For those interested in Art Nouveau this mansion which used to belong to the Ryabushinskys clan of business tycoons, and later housed Gorky after his return from exile, is a must see, particularly the flowing, organic-looking marble main staircase.

There are a few negatives however. The place could definitely use a refurb. The original Art Nouveau furniture which came with the house is gone, as is the spectacular chandelier and the fireplace which used to adorn the living room, victims to a procession of Soviet Government offices which used to occupy this space. Instead there is some rather ugly dark furniture which looks like it came from some central Government warehouse. Why not restore the mansion to its former glory since photographs and possibly blueprints of the original interiors exist? One reason has got to do with a lack of funds, but the answer given is that the house is a memorial to Gorky, not Ryabushinsky, so the idea is to preserve it more or less how it looked during Gorky's stay there. Unfortunately there is not much there that screams "Gorky" either as the writer divided his time between at least 2 other houses made available to him.

PS: A hidden stairway leads to a secret upstairs prayer room. Why secret? Like many prominent Russian businessmen of the era the Ryabyshinskys belonged to the Old Believers sect banned by the Czars...

Visited August 2012
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“The Best Art Nouveaux interior”
Reviewed August 11, 2012

Nothing can prepares you with the unbelievable art nouveaux interior of the Ryabushkyn mantion turned to Maxim Gorgy villa!! The main stairs itself worth the trouble to find it

Visited August 2012
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“Art Nouveau”
Reviewed June 24, 2012

Even if not that interested in Gorky, see for circular staircase and decor. Somewhat hard to find (like other attractions in Moscow) because have to go around a corner.

Visited May 2012
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Moscow, Russia
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“Gorky's house ( Ryabuchinsky )”
Reviewed May 24, 2012

It's very interesting , the archutecture and the story of this house. M Gorky come back from Italy (Capri ) and stated in this house. If your guive will be goog you'll know new detective story

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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“Do not miss”
Reviewed April 22, 2012

Amazing art deco house and it's free! It's like being in a dream!

Visited April 2012
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