Many notice this impressive mansion while turning to Malaya Nikitskaya street. Not everyone knows that in this very house the famous writer Maxim Gorky lived from 1931 till 1936. In this house he spent his last years, working on ‘The Life of Klim Samgin’ novel. Initially this house belonged to Sergey Pavlovich Ryabushinsky, entrepreneur and the founder of the first automobile plant in Russia.
In 1965, the memorial museum of Gorky was opened in this building – thanks to his daughter-in-law Nadezhda. This mansion always attracted me. At first I learnt about it when me and my fellow students had an excursion over this district with our lecturer. My mind was captivated by the beautiful iris mosaic the house is decorated with. Then some years later I took a photo with my friend in a nice garden close to this house. Then I decided to go inside.
There’s no fee for entrance, and one may enter the museum only from the rear. Inside you will find the authentic decor and unique interior. It’s really unbelievable to stand in these old rooms and think of the way Gorky lived here. Well, he was lucky to have such wide windows! Another thing to pay attention to here is the massive stairs. Don’t know why but it reminds me of Casa Batlló by Antonio Gaudi in Barcelona. Another hidden gem is a secret Old Believers home church in the attic. The reason is the Ryabushinsky family were Old Believers.
The last Thursday of the month’s a day-off.