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Introducing Melikhovo

'My estate's not much, ' wrote playwright Anton Chekhov of his home at Melikhovo, south of Moscow, 'but the surroundings are magnificent'. Here, Chekhov lived from 1892 until 1899 and wrote some of his most celebrated plays, including The Seagull and Uncle Vanya.

Today the estate houses the Chekhov Museum (272-23 610; admission R10, tour R50; 10am-4pm Tue-Sun), dedicated to the playwright and his work. Visitors today can examine his personal effects, wander around the village and peek into the 18th-century wooden church.

Theatre buffs should visit in May, when the museum hosts Melikhovo Spring(tickets R100-150), a week-long theatre festival. Theatre groups from all over the world descend on the village to perform their interpretations of the great playwright's work.