Dostoevsky in Saint Petersburg

We will walk in sign places which still store memory of the great Russian writer F.M.Dostoyevsky

  • points of interest 5 ,
  • museums 1 ,
  • squares 1 ,
  • palaces 1
10 km, 362 m
Kupets Slivchansky House

Kupets Slivchansky House

St. Petersburg, Ligovsky pr., 25
Prianichnikov's House

Prianichnikov's House

St. Petersburg, Vladimirsky pr., 11
1 km, 485 m
Literature House

Literature House

St. Petersburg, Nevsky pr., 68/40
552 m
Saint Michael's (Engineer's) Castle

Saint Michael's (Engineer's) Castle

St. Petersburg, ul. Sadovaya, 2

The largest architectural monument, completing the history of St. Petersburg architecture of the XVIII century

Mikhailovsky Castle is the only palace constructed in Russia in the style of romantic classicism. It is a unique building with which many stories and legends are connected, often of a mystical character. It combines the features of a medieval knight's castle and a secular European palace of the XVIII century.

The palace was designed by the architect V. I. Bazhenov on behalf of Emperor Paul I, who wanted to make it his main front residence. The construction was led by architect V. Brenna. He revised the original design of the palace and created the artistic decoration of its interiors.

In addition to Bazhenov and Brenn, the emperor himself took part in the creation of the project, having composed several drawings for him. Brenn's assistants were also included Fedor Svinin and Karl Rossi. 

Built in the shortest possible time, the castle became the place of the mysterious death of its owner.

At the beginning of the XIX century. the castle “a deserted monument of a tyrant, an abandoned palace forgotten” took military and cultural figures into its walls, and later the Engineering School was located here, and the luxurious interiors of the former imperial residence were rebuilt and adapted to its needs. For many years, the castle was named Inzhenerny. In Soviet times, various military organizations were located here.

Now in the restored halls of the castle there is a permanent interactive exposition "The Romanov Saga" and open sculpture funds of the late XIX - early XXI centuries. The authentic marble sculpture of the Summer Garden is also stored here, as well as temporary exhibitions.


1 km, 39 m
Shil' House

Shil' House

St. Petersburg, Voznesensky pr., 8
2 km, 408 m
Raskolnikov's House

Raskolnikov's House

St. Petersburg, Stoliarny pereulok, 5/Grazhdanskaya ul.,19

On Stolyarnyy pereulok Dostoevsky "settled" his character Rodion Raskolnikov

This house at Stolyarny pereulok, 5 are connected to significant events in the life and work of Dostoevsky. There was established the "Crime and punishment" and "Player".

972 m
Sennaya ploschad (Sennaya Square)

Sennaya ploschad (Sennaya Square)

Saint Petersburg, Sennaya ploschad

The ensemble of Sennaya square

The construction of Sennaya square ensemble was started in the time of the empress Anna Ivanovna in 1737. The square name’s origin goes back to the past when hay (russ. ‘seno’), straw and firewood were sold here, in Sennaya square. And there is an interesting fact, the hay was weighting with the cart on a huge scales. The street that leads from Sennoy market to Nevsky prospect also was called Sennaya street and later this name was changed for Sadovaya. In the 18th century it was the main commercial and merchant street of the city. Later there was made a straight road to the South form Sennaya square directly leading to Moscow and Kiev and to Tsarskoye Selo, the Tsars’ residence. During 1753-1765 there was built the Church of the Assumption of the Mother of God (which was one of the largest in the Northern capital), it was funded by the famous s merchant Savva Yakovlev. In the second half of the 19th century  Sennaya square has turned into one of the most crowded areas of St. Petersburg.

Sennaya square is often mentioned point in the novels of Fyodor Dostoevsky. And this is the place where Raskolnikov decided to murder the old pawnbroker.  And writer himself was kept here for 2 nights, in the guardhouse in Sennaya square in March of 1874 for publication the note “The Kyrgyz deputies in St. Petersburg” without special permission.

There is also the historical building where F.M. Dostoevsky was kept under arrest. And nowdays you can get information at tourist information bureau is located in this building. 

695 m
Dostoyevsky Museum

Dostoyevsky Museum

St. Petersburg, Kuznechniy lane, 5/2

The F.M.Dostoevsky Literary-Memorial Museum opened on November 12, 1971, in the house at 5/2 Kuznechny Lane

Dostoevsky had rented an apartment in this building twice, once for a very short time in 1846, and then from October 1878 until his death, on January 28, 1881. The beginning and end of his writing career turned out to be joined together in one spot. Here he had worked on his early story The Double, and here he wrote his last novel, The Brothers Karamazov. The Dostoevskys' apartment was recreated for the most part from the memoirs of his wife Anna and of his contemporaries.

The Literary-Memorial Museum of F.M.Dostoevsky was opened in 1971, for the 150-year anniversary since the birth of the author. His last apartment was in this house. The apartment of Dostoevsky was restored according to the archive plans, the memoirs of his wife Anna and his contemporaries’ reminiscences.

The Dostoevsky Museum contains a theater for viewing performances and movies based on Dostoevsky's works, and for literary gatherings.

Every year in November, when the writer's birthday is observed, the museum hosts an international scholarly conference "Dostoevsky and World Culture". Exhibits by modern artists are always on display in the exhibition rooms.

Every year the Dostoevsky Day takes place in St. Petersburg featuring participation in processions and perfomances, free tours dedicated to Dostoevsky, movie screenings, exhibitions, lectures and meet-the-artist events.

2 km, 942 m