Sights of Chekhov
Around the City
- 10 Ulitsa Pushkina
- 10:00 -17:00. Closed Mondays.
The main sight in Chekhov itself is the Lopasnya-Zachatievskoe Estate. In the 1770s it was granted to Aleksandr Vasilchikov, a favourite of Empress Catherine the Great. This would lead to the estate being associated with not only the Vasilchikov noble family but also the Lanskoy, Goncharov and Pushkin families. After Aleksandr Pushkin's death, his widow Natalia married Pyotr Lanskoy, whose sister in turn was married to Nikolai Vasilchikov. This meant that Pushkin's children were… Read more »
- 28 Ulitsa Chekhova
In 1995 on the 50th anniversary of the Soviet victory over Nazi Germany in the Second World War, the Memorial Museum of 1941-1945 was opened in Chekhov. The museum's exhibits tell of the efforts of the citizens and home guard of Lopasnya which was located on the frontline of the war. Special attention is paid to the battle around the village of Leonovo and to Viktor Talalikhin who was the first pilot to perform aerial ramming at night over Lopasnya when he had run out of ammunition… Read more »
- Skver Chekhova (next to Sovetskaya Ploschad off Ulitsa Chekhova)
Next to Sovetskaya Ploschad (Soviet Square), where the district administration building is located, are some pleasant public gardens - Skver Chekhova (Chekhov Public Gardens). Among the benches and fountain is another Monument to Anton Chekhov, depicting the city's namesake sat in his chair relaxing. Read more »
- 4a Ulitsa Chekhova
- 10:00 - 17:00. Closed Mondays.
Near to the railway station is the Museum of Chekhov's Letters. The museum is located in a wooden building which was once Lopasnya's post and telegraph office. The office was established in 1896 on the initiative of Anton Chekhov himself. Inside a post office from the end of the 19th century has been accurately recreated and there are displays on the letters written by Chekhov which passed through this building. Outside the museum is a Monument to Anton Chekhov which was unveiled… Read more »
- outside 45 Ulitsa Chekhova
Approximately a kilometre along Ulitsa Chekhova away from the railway station is a small square with two small parks on either side. In the centre of the square is a memorial to locals who fell in the Second World War. The simple memorial is in the form of an obelisk and stands in front of the Druzhba (Friendship) Cultural and Creative Centre. Read more »
- village of Melikhovo
- 10:00 -16:00. Closed on the last Friday of the month.
Just outside of Chekhov is the Melikhovo Estate which is now part of the Literary and Memorial Museum-Reserve of Anton Chekhov. Chekhov bought the estate in 1892 after his return from Sakhalin and lived here until in 1899 when he sold up and moved to Yalta where he hoped the warm climate would be beneficial for his deteriorating health. The estate is of course a must for Chekhov fans, but for everyone else the estate is worth visiting to see an excellent example of a 19th century… Read more »
- rural settlement of Novy Byt
In 1515 a monk by the name of David decided to leave the Pafnutev Borovsky Monastery in Borovsk and set up his own monastery. He selected the area now known as Novy Byt on a hill in a forest overlooking the Lopasnya River as it flows into the Oka. Here he established a hermitage which was eventually named the Voznesenskaya Davidova Hermitage in honour of the Ascension (Voznesenie) of Christ and the Hermitage's founder. Even now it is clear why St David of Serpukhov, as he became… Read more »