The Fontanka Canal is a place full of spectacular and attractive views. It is there where a not so well-known museum shows the history of a figure of Russian literature and also hosts some of the most lively events to spend the nights during the hot months.
When I moved to Saint Petersburg, I had no idea about the poetess Anna Akhmatova and the first time I heard about her was when I visited the museum called The House at the Fountain, where she lived. The place is a wing of the baroque Sheremetev palace that contrasts with the humble and simple design of the wing. While the main building of the palace nowadays hosts the Musical Museum, The House at the Fountain shows the work of the writer and her restored apartment from the first half of the 20th century.
The apartment on the third floor gives off a special and somehow melancholic feeling: the darkness of the corridors, the view to the empty inner yard, the narrow staircase, the old stuff that are part of the exhibition which includes a copy of a portrait of the poetess made by Modigliani, a close friend of her… All this contrast with the events the museum hosts in the yard in summer, especially the musical festivals: jazz, punk, electronic and others.