Dom Knigi

Western European Russia

Constructed in 1955, the exterior of this building is decorated with busts of famous writers and thinkers, including Lenin and Marx on the corner - now the entrance to a bank.

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1. Ploshchad Mira

0.08 MILES

The southern end of ‘Peace Square’ is easily identified by its WWII tank memorial, one of the original involved in liberating Oryol from German occupation…

2. Ivan The Terrible Monument


Unveiled in late 2016, Russia's first monument to the formidable 16th-century tsar, Ivan the Terrible, has caused plenty of controversy. Locals protested…

3. Turgenev Statue

0.48 MILES

Inside the City Park of Culture & Rest you'll find this statue dedicated to the famous writer Turgenev, who was born in Oryol in 1818.

4. City Park of Culture & Rest


There's an amusement park (аттракционы) at the northeastern end of this leafy riverside park and a statue of the Russian novelist, Ivan Turgenev. You can…

5. Regional Museum

0.55 MILES

Not essential viewing but hosts some good temporary exhibitions and has displays on regional history and archaeology.

6. Turgenev Museum

0.76 MILES

Turgenev’s estate, Spasskoe-Lutovinovo, may be the literary mecca around these parts, but not to be outdone, Oryol has this museum filled with old photos…

7. Ivan Bunin Museum

0.79 MILES

There’s a good collection of photos and other documents relating to the Nobel Prize–winning writer (no English captions, however), plus a 'Paris Room’…

8. Nikolai Leskov House Museum

0.87 MILES

Author and journalist Nikolai Leskov (1831–95), who wrote the book on which the opera Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk is based, is remembered at this museum. It's…