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Darovoye Estate

The Darovoye Estate is closely associated with the childhood years of the prominent Russian writer Fyodor Dostoyevsky. It is here, at his father's estate, the future author of “Crime and Punishment” and other masterpieces spent his summers. Next to the wing where little Fyodor lived was a linden grove adjacent to a birch forest. Many guests to Darovoye viewed the forest as sinister but the future writer took a liking to this mysterious nook of nature. Unfortunately, in 1832, fire destroyed most of the estate structures. Soon afterwards the Dostoyevskys built another small wooden wing.

Following the revolution most of the personal belongings of the writer's family were transferred to Moscow to augment the inventory of the main museum, while the wing became home to a rural school.

In the 1950s, the “Dostoyevsky Memorial Room” in Darovoye, was opened. Later, they also set up an exposition from the “Zaraysk Kremlin” museum collection, in addition to the main exposition. For some time the former Dostoyevsky estate housed a volunteer camp, however, the structures which served as housing for volunteers were destroyed by fire.

Currently in Darovoye one can visit the wing and take a stroll through the park.

Guided tours can be booked upon request from May – October.

Address: Moscow Region, Zaraysky district, 1 Village of Darovoe

Hours of Operation: 9 am – 6 pm except Mon and Tue and last day of each month

Web-site: darovoe.ru

Phones: +7 (266) 2-27-34

Directions: by local train from the Kazansky train station to the Golutvin station, continue by the bus to Zaraisk; from the Vykhino metro station start by bus #330, continue by bus #62 (route Zaraisk-Zhuravna) to Monogarovo bus stop and then on foot to Darovoe; by car down the Ryazanskoye highway to Lukhovitsy, turn to Zaraisk, continue to Darovoe or down the M4 Don highway, turn to Kashirskoye Highway