Mtsensk is the ancient center of the Vyatichi, the homeland of Afanasy Fet, the small homeland of Ivan Turgenev and Nikolai Leskov, glorified by them in many works, letters and memoirs. Walk through the scenes of Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk district, touch the revived ancient craft of Mtsensk lace, visit Mount Samorod, where once stood one of the most inaccessible fortresses of Ancient Russia, feel the inspiration in Turgenev's estate “Spasskoye - Lutovinovo”.

 

Mtsensk

 

Spasskoye-Lutovinovo
I.S.Turgenev Museum-Reserve

The House-Museum of Ivan Turgenev keeps about 150 things that previously belonged to the great Russian writer and his ancestors. Some of these things are the rarest works of applied art.

On the territory of the museum-reserve there is the Church of the Transfiguration of the Savior (1809), which gave the name to the village of Spasskoye.

A huge old park is a separate reason to visit here. The park in Spasko-Lutovinovo was one of the best examples of Russian manor gardening art of the late 18th and early 19th centuries. The paths will lead to the Bolshoi Spassky pond and Varnavitsky ravine, deep and very cold from the abundance of springs.

On the shore is Ivan Sergeevich's favorite bench and a gazebo formed by a ring of lindens ("Rudin"). The alley, planted by the writer himself, leads to another similar arbor in the depths of the park. From a bird's eye view, the crosshairs of linden alleys form the Roman numeral XIX. A bicentennial oak tree planted by young Turgenev spread its crown wide.

 

I met you…

In the bend of the Zusha River near the majestic Samorod Mountain there is the city of Mtsensk - in the past one of the largest centers of the Vyatichi. Self-will and adherence to the ancient way of life played an important role in the adoption of Christianity by the inhabitants of the city among the last in Central Russia.

At the same time, the city is replete with temples standing in vantage places and picturesque coastal hills. Mtsensk was destined to lay the foundation for lace-making in Russia: Mtsensk lace is the oldest in our country.

The city is the birthplace of the great Russian writers: Ivan Turgenev, Nikolai Leskov and the poet Afanasy Fet, who wrote the lines of one of the two most famous Russian love poems that became classical romances ...

I met you - and everything is old
An obsolete heart revived;
I remembered the golden time -
And my heart felt so warm ...