Pushkin's museum

"So, lived I in Odessa then...". Such is the epigraph to the museum dedicated to the great Russian Poet, Aleksandr Sergeyevich Pushkin. The poet stayed in Odessa for 13 months (July 1823 - August 1824) while in his southern exile. For one month Pushkin stayed in one of the city's first hotels, Hôtel du Nord. At that time it had room for visitors and carriage houses with stables. The museum is located in the well-preserved building of this former hotel on Italian (nowadays Pushkinskaya) Street in house #13. The museum was established in 1961 and the renovated exhibition was created in 1999 to celebrate the 200-year-anniversary of A.S.Pushkin's birthday. The exhibition includes genuine lifetime editions of the poet's works with facsimiles of manuscripts and gravures written in verse. Dashing, sloped handwriting and ink blots on margins revive the image of the legendary poet. Elegantly traced female profiles arouse special interest - it is worth knowing more of this character: "A woman excelling everyone in power she used to rule the thought and life of the poet" (according to Annenkov, Pushkin's contemporary)! There are rare watercolours showing city views of the first half of the XIX century, illustrating, in the words of Pushkin himself the Odessa of old, where it was as if he had "arrived in Europe. Restaurants and Italian opera reminded me of the old times, and really and truly, have refreshed my soul". The "Odessa Period" was especially fruitful for the poet: while in Odessa Pushkin wrote two and a half chapters of his novel Yevgeniy Onegin, the Gypsies poem, and The Fountain of Bakhchisaray, thirty lyric poems. The Museum on Pushkinskaya Street is located nearby Deribasovskaya, the main street of the city, and you should note the nearby monument to the great poet: bronze Pushkin towering above passing pedestrians, or, at times, seeming to join the stream of people, for he had, of course, once been one of those who "lived in Odessa then..."