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Dear readers,

Can anyone provide detailed information regarding the history of Nikolai Karamzin's stay at Tsarskoye Selo as writer in residence?  Documents, photos and detailed scholarly work on his work the History of the Russian State would be most appreciated for the Karamzin website.

Thank you in advance!

See our site at http://karamzine.webs.com

Most respectfully,

SL Karamzina

The Cavalier's house which stands at Leontievskaya and Sadovaya streets - # 12 Sadovaya, was occupied in 1820 by the historian Karamzin. he was esteemed by his contemporaries and was received at Court without ceremony. The emperor consulted him about new reforms and about his historical works.

The fire that broke out at the Catherine Palace 12 May 1820 also spread to the Lyceum and to the cavalier houses – the roof of Karamzin’s house did burn.

In 1822 the family moved to the Chinese Village. Those who lived in the small houses were able to entertain friends and neighbours with  dinners, dances and concerts. Each house had all the requirements for needs and luxuries – home appliances, beds with curtains and screens, dressing tables, chest of drawers for linen and clothes, table covered with black skin and inkwells, a samovar, English tea and coffee set with lacquered tray, mirrors. This inventory, information for the lodger, hung in the front room behind a frame and glass. Each house had a garden, sod, lilac bushes in corners, iron settee and 2 chairs covered with green paint.

He walked in the court gardens every day.  Had dinners with neighbours and close friends who also lived there.
Karamzin lived in the Chinese Village from the beginning of spring to late fall of 1822.

In 1836 and 1837 he again lived in Tsarskoe Selo but in a house opposite the Alexander Garden.

Historian Nikolai Karamzin's two homes in Tsarskoe Selo - Cavalier House on Sadovaya and summer house in the Chinese Village




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