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The Elabuga Preserve includes the architectural ensemble of the Russian
provincial city Elabuga, built primarily from the late 18th century
to the early 20th century, which has preserved its own specifi c local
color and unity of architectural and spatial form, set in superb natural
The preserve includes:
The Ivan Shishkin Home and Museum, the only museum in the country
dedicated to the accomplished Russian painter and founder of the realist school
of landscape artists, is located in the family home of the
Shishkins, where the painter spent his childhood and adolescence.
The Nadezhda Durova Estate and Museum celebrates the Russian
writer and female officer (1783 – 1866), known as the “maiden
cavalier”, who lived in Elabuga for more than 25 years. The museum
is situated in the memorial home in which Durova, a heroine of the
Fatherland War of 1812 and writer, spent the last years of her life.
The Vladimir Bekhterev Museum of Country Medicine was founded
29 June 2007 and is located in one of the wards of the regional
hospital, built in 1881 by the merchant A. Baranov. The building is
listed as an architectural monument of local significance. The museum
exhibits describe the origins and history of rural medicine in
Russia, taking the provinces around Elabuga as an example.
Of particular interest is the Elabuga (Chertovo) Settlement, a fortified
settlement from the Middle Ages, once occupied by the Bulgars and
Kazan Tatars (10th – 15th centuries).
Among the notable figures in Russian poetry of the twentieth
century, Marina Ivanovna Tsvetaeva is rightfully considered of particular
importance. Having emigrated from Russia and completed a
seventeen-year odyssey abroad, Tsvetaeva restored her citizenship
in the summer of 1939 and followed her daughter and husband in
returning to her motherland. Tsvetaeva's spouse and daughter were
unjustifiably subjected to Stalin's repressions. In August 1941, Marina
Tsvetaeva, together with her son and the writers of the Literary Foundation
were evacuated to Elabuga. In the ancient land of Elabuga,
the greatest romantic poet of the twentieth century left this world
behind on the last day of summer, 31 August 1941...
The regional history complex of the Elabuga Museum and Preserve
encompasses several distinct projects, combined into a unified complex.
It includes the City History Museum, the Traktir Museum and
Theater, interactive master's workshops, and the exhibition hall. The
complex is located in a building that has listed as an architectural
monument, the home of the merchant A. F. Nikolaev and the adjoining
shops, built in the 1860s.