Spasskoye-Lutovinovo was the country estate of author Ivan Turgenev (1818-1883). After years of neglect under Soviet rule, the estate was reopened as a museum in the 1970s. The park is 40 hectares with a pond and ancient trees and avenues. Turgenev and Tolstoy had a strained relationship but Tolstoy noted in his diary that he understood Turgenev's inspiration having visited Spasskoye-Lutovinovo.
over 3 years by John 5 / 5I visited Spasskoye Lutovinovo last May and found it a memorable place, much more quiet than Tolstoy's home it brings alive "Sportsmans Sketches" for this was the area explored and so brilliantly recounted in Turgenev's first main work which brought him to world attention.
over 4 years by Sheila Sim 5 / 5It was in Spasskoye-Lutovinovo that Ivan Turgenev wrote most of his works, in which descriptions of the Spasskoye house and park take up many pages, albeit in disguise. Life in the neighbouring estates is also mirrored in his writing. In 1968, in connection with the 150th anniversary of Turgenev's birth, the (then) Soviet Government decreed that the house be restored, and in 1976 the house and park were formally established as a museum-estate.
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