Herzen's House

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Russian writer and thinker Alexander Herzen was born in this house in March of 1812, and only lived here for less than six months. Still, he visited it a lot as an adult, when in the 1840s, a close friend of Pushkin Dmitry Sverbeev changed the location of his literary salon at Strastnoy Bulvar (Strastnoy Boulevard) to this place. On Fridays, the salon's guests included Alexander Herzen and Peter Chaadaev, Nikolai Gogol and Evgeny Baratynsky. In the 20th century, the house was turned over to the All-Russian Union of Writers, and received the Herzen's House name after the memorial plaque that hung on the wall. This was the house that Mikhail Bulgakov portrayed in his Master and Margarita masterpiece as the Griboyedov's House. In the 1930s, the building's annexes housed Osip Mandelstam and Boris Pasternak. Later, it was turned into the building of the Literary Institute, which gifted the Russian literature with many great writers, including Fazil Iskander, Rasul Gamzatov, and Yuri Trifonov.