Dostoevsky in Saint Petersburg

Travel guide to all places of Fyodor Dostoevsky in St. Petersburg

Andrey Enin
15 min readJul 5, 2019


Dostoevsky in Saint Petersburg. Travel guide to all places of Fyodor Dostoevsky in St. Petersburg

Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoyevsky lived in the city about 28 years in total and where he developed as a writer.

During trips to St. Petersburg for the period 2016–2019, I walked around the city and made a map of places that are somehow connected with Fyodor Mikhailovich’s life and novels: Google Maps.

Before exile

1. Serapinskaya Hotel

Moskovsky Avenue, 22

May 1837. Stayed for a few days with his father and brother Mikhail during his first arrival to the city.

2. Kostomarov boarding house (the old house did not preserved)

Ligovsky Avenue, 65

May 1837 – 16 January 1838. Prepare for exams at the Main Engineering School.

3. Saint Michael’s Castle

Sadovaya Street, 2

16 January 1838 – August 1841. Studied and lived in the Main Engineering School. His favourite place was a corner cubicle by the window overlooking the Panteleimon bridge.

4. Setkov House (the old house preserved in a rebuilt form)

Karavannaya Ulitsa, 16

August 1841 – February 1842. On August 12th 1841 he was promoted to engineer warrant officer with the possibility to live privately. He and his classmate Adolph Totleben rented a small two-room apartment.

5. Pryanichnikov House

Grafskiy Pereulok, 10 and corner of Vladimirskiy Prospekt, 11

February 1842 – late 1845. Rented an apartment on the second floor with his brother Andrey. From 1844 to 1845 Dostoyevsky’s neighbour was Dmitry Grigorovich, to whom he read his first novel «Poor Folk» in may 1845.

6. Spas na Sennoy

Ulitsa Yefimova, 2

The church was visited by Dostoevsky (it was demolished during soviet period, now there is a chapel at this place). Heroes of the novel «Poor Folk» presumably inhabited this area.

7. Lerche Restaurant

Nevsky Avenue, 74

Celebrated graduation from the Main Engineering School in Lerche’s restaurant on June 30th 1843.

8. Tulubev House

Povarskoy Pereulok, 13

Dmitry Grigorovich brought manuscript of «Poor Folk» to poet Nikolay Nekrasov. After Nekrasov finished the full work during the night he proclaimed Dostoyevsky «the New Gogol».

9. Kuchin House

Kuznechnyy Pereulok, 5/2

The end of 1845 – the beginning of 1846. He lived in a three-room apartment on the first floor, windows facing Grebetskaya street (it is the 5th-7th windows to the right of the arch Dostoevsky street). Wrote the novel «The Double».

10. Pavlov House

Rubinstein​a​ Street, 32

May 1846. He lived here for less than a month before leaving for the summer to Revel to his brother Michael.

11. Kochendorf House

Kazanskaya Ulitsa, 2

6 September 1846 – November 1846. Finished story «Mr. Prokharchin». Met here Alexander Herzen on October 5th 1846.

12. Soloshich House

Bol’shoy Prospekt Vasil’yevskogo Ostrova, 4

November 1846 – February 1847. Rented a few rooms with brothers Beketovs.

13. Wolf and Beranger

Nevsky Avenue, 18

The participants of the literary discussion group The Petrashevsky Circle gathered in the cafe «Wolf and Beranger». In spring of 1846 Dostoyevsky became acquainted with Mikhail Petrashevsky.

14. Bolshaya Podyacheskaya ulitsa

Voznesensky Avenue, 8

January 1948 – late May 1948. Lived with his brother’s Michail family. Then they moved to Pargolovo for the summer, and in return settled back in the old apartment in the house of Shil.

15. Shil House

Bol’shaya Pod’yacheskaya Ulitsa, 7

February 1847 – 23 April 1849. Lived on the third floor, wrote stories «White Nights» and «Netochka Nezvanova». 23 April 1849 was arrested and imprisoned in Peter and Paul Fortress.

16. Peter and Paul Fortress

Peter and Paul Fortress

23 April 1849 – 22 December 1849. Wrote the novel «A Little Hero» in prison in the Alexeev ravelin (ravelin’s prison was destroyed in 1895). After the sentence he left St. Petersburg and retired from the literary process for 10 years.

After exile

17. Politin House (the old house did not preserved)

3-ya Krasnoarmeyskaya Ulitsa, 5

The end of December 1859 – late August 1861. Returned to the city after exile, worked on novels «The House of the Dead» and «Humiliated and Insulted».

18. Astafieva House

Kaznacheyskaya Ulitsa, 1

September 1861 – August 1863. Rented a five-room apartment on the second floor with a kitchen, finished novel «The House of the Dead».

19. Tomas House

Malaya Pod’yacheskaya Ulitsa, 2/96

At this time Dostoevsky traveled in Europe and his stepson Pavel Isaev lived at this address. The writer stayed in his stepson’s apartment during his visits to St. Petersburg in late 1863 – early 1864.

20. Evreinov House

Kaznacheyskaya Ulitsa, 9

April 1864. Stayed after the death of his first wife Maria Dmitriyevna Isaeva.

21. Alonkin House

Kaznacheyskaya Ulitsa, 7

20 August 1864 – 20 January 1867. Wrote novels «Crime and Punishment» and «The Gambler» and met his second wife Anna Grigoryevna Snitkina.

22. Kostromskaya Ulitsa

Kostromskaya Street in the Peski historical area

3 november 1866. The first time he visited the apartment of his second wife Anna Grigoryevna Snitkina: «And I’ve been looking for you since seven o’clock. I went around the neighborhood and asked everybody. Everyone knows that there is a Kostromskaya street here, but they ca not tell you how to get into it».

23. Derzhavin / Kukanovs / Adam House

Sadovaya Street, 51

1860’s. The Dostoevskys visited their close literary friend Apollon Nikolayevich Maykov in his apartments, for example, according to the memoirs of Annd Dostoevskaya: «In the evening of this day, we were invited to spend the evening with the Maykovs. Knowing this, our guests left immediately after dinner».

24. Schirmer House

Voznesensky Avenue, 27

21 January – 14 April 1867. Rented a five-room apartment on the second floor before his second marriage. After that he went abroad.

25. Trinity Cathedral

Izmaylovskiy Prospekt, 7A

15 February 1867 married here on the same day of his release from the Omsk prison camp.

26. Volkov Hotel (the old house did not preserved)

Bolshaya Konyushennaya Street, 23

8–9 July 1871. According to the memoirs of Anna Grigorievna Dostoevskaya, after returning from abroad «we stayed at a hotel on the Bolshaya Konyushennaya, but only for two days. It was inconvenient and expensive». The address is assumed, because they could also stay at the hotel «Demut».

27. Demut Hotel (the old house was rebuilt)

Bolshaya Konyushennaya Street, 27

8–9 July 1871. The hotel’s address is unknown to the biographers, but probably Dostoevskys could live here for two days after returning from abroad.

28. Mickiewicz House (the old house did not preserved)

Prospekt Rimskogo-Korsakova, 39

10 July – 22–23 August 1871. After returning from abroad he rented two rooms where his son Fyodor was born.

29. Arkhangelsk House (the old house did not preserved)

Serpukhovskaya Ulitsa, 11

22–23 August 1871 – 15 May 1872. Lived here before leaving for the summer to Staraya Russa. He posed here for the famous portrait by the painter Perov.

30. Maximilianovsky Hospital

Ulitsa Dekabristov, 1

24–26 May 1872. Returned from Staraya Russa, because of a broken arm of his three-year-old daughter Lyuba. He lived in the hospital’s inn with his wife for two days.

31. Mebes House (the old house was completely rebuilt)

2-ya Krasnoarmeyskaya Ulitsa, 14

The end of August 1872 – March 1873. Finished the novel «Demons» and started editing «The Citizen» magazine. The room was on the second floor of an inside outbuilding which has not been preserved.

32. Slivchansky House

Ligovsky Avenue, 25

March 1873 – May 1874. Moved to a place closer to the publishing house of «The Citizen» magazine, started working on the novel «The Adolescent». He did not like the owner of the house and the noise on the street.

33. «The Citizen» magazine

Nevsky Avenue, 77

1873 – April 1874. Was an editor and wrote a weekly political review column, published essays «A Writer’s Diary».

34. Former guardhouse

Sadovaya Street, 37

21–23 March 1874. Spent two days under arrest in military prison due to violation of censorship as an editor in «The Citizen» magazine.

35. Dagmar Hotel

Nevsky Avenue, 82/7

5–7 June 1875. Stopped once on the way from Staraya Russa to Bad Ems. The hotel and the room turned out to be «the worst».

36. Znamenskaya Hotel

Nevsky Avenue, 118

He stayed at the «Znamenskaya» hotel several times: from 5 to 16 February 1875, where he corrected the first part of the novel «The Adolescent», then 12–15 May 1875 and 6–9 July 1875, while returning from Ems. Then 9–11 August, 1876, where he suffered an epileptic. And passed by on the night of 19–20 July 1879.

37. Strubinsky House

Grecheskiy Prospekt, 6

20 September 1875 – May 1878. The apartment was on the third floor with an entrance from the backyard. Finished the novel «The Adolescent», moved out after the death of his younger son.

38. Duke of Oldenburg Hospital

Ligovsky Avenue, 8

1876–1877. The hospital was on Dostoevsky’s route during his hour-long evening walks when he lived with his family in the «Peski» district.

39. Bezobrazov House

Fontanka river embankment, 24

1879–1880. In the last years of his life, Dostoevsky attended «Friday readings» at the apartment of the poet Yakov Petrovich Polonsky.

40. Dostoevsky Museum

Kuznechnyy Pereulok, 5/2

Dostoevsky had rented an apartment in this building twice, once for a very short time in 1846, and then from October 1878 until his death on February 9th (January 28th by the Old Style date) 1881. Here he wrote his last novel «The Brothers Karamazov».

41. Dostoevsky’s grave

Tikhvin Cemetery (Necropolis of Masters of Arts)

Dostoevsky was buried February 14th (February 1st by the Old Style date) 1881 in the Tikhvin Cemetery. His tombstone is inscribed with lines from the New Testament: Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it dies, it bringeth forth much fruit. – John 12:24.

42. Dostoevsky’s monument

Boulevard of Bol’shaya Moskovskaya Ulitsa near corner of Kuznechnyy Pereulok

The monument was opened in 1997.

Based on novels

The heroes of Dostoevsky’s novels act and move around St. Petersburg with topographic accuracy. Some streets and sights, such as Nevsky Prospect, are clearly indicated in text, but others have only to guess.

43. Shestilavochnaya ulitsa

Ulitsa Mayakovskogo

A titular councillor Golyadkin of the novel «Double» and Filipp Filippych Masloboyev of the novel «Humiliated and Insulted» lived there.

44. Smith House

Pereulok Pirogova, 6

Oldster Smith and later Ivan Petrovich of the novel «Humiliated and Insulted» lived there.

45. 6th Line of Vasilyevsky Ostrov

6-ya Liniya Vasil’yevskogo Ostrova

There was a house of Bubnova, where Nellie lived after the death of her mother.

46. 13th Line of Vasilyevsky Ostrov

13-ya Liniya Vasil’yevskogo Ostrova

Ikhmenev’s family (Nikolai Sergeyevich and Anna Andreyevna) lived there.

47. Natasha Ikhmeneva House

Fontanka river embankment, 103

Natasha Ikhmeneva of the novel «Humiliated and Insulted» presumably could live there.

48. Torgovyy Brindge

Torgovyy Most

Ivan Petrovich and knyaz Valkovsky went to countess, who lived nearby.

49. Borel Restaurant

Bol’shaya Morskaya Ulitsa, 16

Ivan Petrovich and knyaz Valkovsky went to dinner.

50. Gostiny Dvor

Nevsky Avenue, 35

The main character of the novel «Notes from the Underground» tried to buy a beaver collar for his coat.

51. Kokushkin Bridge

Kokushkin Most

Raskolnikov passed over the bridge on the way to an old moneylender lady.

52. Konnogvardeyskiy Boulevard

Konnogvardeyskiy Bul’var

Raskolnikov met a drunk girl on a bench.

53. Sennaya Square

Sennaya Ploshchad

Mentioned multiple times in the novel «Crime and Punishment».

54. Cristal Palace

Voznesensky Avenue, 45

The tavern where Raskolnikov listened to Svidrigailov’s story.

55. Vyazemsky Lavla

Moskovsky Avenue, 4 and 6

It was a group of houses between Sennaya square and the Fontanka river in the XIX century, where cheap taverns and rooming houses were settled. Svidrigailov mentioned that he spent a night there.

56. Raskolnikov House

Grazhdanskaya Ulitsa, 19

On the fourth floor there was an apartment where Rodion rented a tiny room.

57. Sonya Marmeladova House

Griboyedov Canal embankment, 73

Sonya Marmeladova rented a room on the third floor.

58. Old Moneylender Lady House

Griboyedov Canal embankment, 104

There were «730 steps» from the gates of Raskolnikov’s house to the old moneylender lady Alyona Ivanovna.

59. Pereulok Grivtsova

Pereulok Grivtsova (former Konnyy Pereulok)

Raskolnikov overheard the conversation with Lizaveta.

60. Raskolnikov’s Stash

Voznesensky Avenue, 3–5

Raskolnikov hid stolen things and the wallet from the murdered old lady under a stone in this courtyard. The courtyard does not exist, the house in this place was rebuilt in 1950.

61. Police Department*

Griboyedov Canal embankment, 99

According to one version Raskolnikov had a conversation with Porfiriy Petrovich in the former Kazan police station, it’s a quarter of a mile from his house, as mentioned in the novel. According to another version their conversation took place in the former Spasskaya police station (Sadovaya ulitsa, 58).

62. Police Department**

Sadovaya Street, 58

According to one version Raskolnikov talked with Porfiriy Petrovich in the former Spasskaya police station. According to another version their talk took place in the former Kazan police station (Naberezhnaya Kanala Griboyedova, 99).

63. Brothel

Pereulok Brin’ko, 4 (former Tairov Pereulok)

A side street where Raskolnikov met prostitutes.

64. Yusupov Garden

Yusupov Garden

Raskolnikov passed it by during his walks.

65. Voznesenskiy Bridge

Voznesensky Most

Raskolnikov had stood on the bridge and saw how a woman tried to drown herself. Here Katerina Ivanovna has gone crazy. Ivan Petrovich of the novel «Humiliated and Insulted» saw how Nellie begged.

66. Bakaleev House

Voznesensky Avenue, 22

Former «Varvarinskaya Hotel», where Luzhin settled Raskolnikov’s mother and sister. There was Miller’s confectionery, where Ivan Petrovich of the novel «Humiliated and Insulted» met oldster Smith.

67. Five Corners

Zagorodnyi Prospekt, 20 or the intersection of Zagorodnyi Prospekt with Razyezzhaya Street, Rubinstein​a​ Street and Lomonosova Street

Nastasya Filipovna Barashkova of the novel «Idiot» lived there. Near this place was the first Raskolnikov’s apartment, as his friend Razumikhin said.

68. General Epanchin House

Manezhnyy Pereulok, 2

General lived in his own house away from Liteyniy avenue and near the Transfiguration Cathedral. However, the Epanchin’s house could be located directly on the opposite side of the Transfiguration square: Ulitsa Ryleyeva, 1.

Ulitsa Ryleyeva, 1

69. Rogozhin House

Gorokhovaya Street, 28

Parfyon Rogozhin lived there: «This house was big, dark, three floors, without any architecture, dirty-green».

70. Yekateringof Park

Yekateringof Park

Parfyon Rogozhin and Nastasya Filipovna went there to celebrate her birthday.

71. Summer Garden

Summer Garden

Knyaz Myshkin sat on a bench under a linden tree.

72. Vitebsky railway station

Zagorodnyy Prospekt, 52

Dostoevsky did not name a station, but this is the only railway station that the heroes of the novel «Idiot» could go to Pavlovsk. By the way, this is the first railway station built in Russia (1837).

73. Varshavskiy railway station

Obvodny Canal embankment, 118с

Knyaz Myshkin arrived at this railway station from Europe.

74. Police Bridge

Green Bridge

From the story «The Eternal Husband»: «At about six o’clock Velchaninov finally entered a restaurant (very dubious, but French) on Nevsky Prospekt, near the Police Bridge…»

75. Intersection with Kazanskaya Street

Kazanskaya Street at the intersection with Gorokhovaya Street
Kazanskaya Street at the intersection with Fonarnyy Pereulok

Velchaninov meets Trusotsky: «he met for the first time, on the street, somewhere at the corner of Podyacheskaya and Meshchanskaya, a gentleman with a crape on his hat». But in real life (today Bolshaya Podyachnaya and Kazanskaya streets) these streets do not intersect!, because they are located on different sides of the Griboyedov Canal.

76. Anichkov Bridge

Anichkov Most

Andrey Antonovich von Lembke of the novel «Demons» was met by a fellow in the late autumn.

Raskolnikov’s route

As Dostoevsky writes, there were exactly 730 steps from the gates of Raskolnikov’s house to the house of the old moneylender lady. It will turn out just this if you go straight from the gates of Raskolnikov’s house along Grazhdanskaya Ulitsa in the direction of Voznesensky Avenue, then obliquely cross the Voznesensky Bridge and then, along the Griboyedov Canal, to the Srednyaya Pod’yacheskaya Ulitsa to the gate of the old lady’s house = 728 steps.

But, firstly, this router is a path from the first chapter, when Raskolnikov only «went to make a trial of his enterprise».

On the day of the murder, he went to the Kokushkin Bridge along Stolyarny Pereulok, thus he specifically made a detour through Sadovaya Street past Yusupov Garden in order to «approach the house in a detour, from the other side».

Secondly, Rodion’s 730 steps clearly are not the same as the modern 730 steps.

To clarify the length of Rodion’s step, let’s use the paragraph about Sonya: «She was terribly glad that she finally left; she went looking down, hurrying … to walk somehow as quickly as possible these twenty steps before turning right into the street». Now it turns out 29 steps to the corner of the house at the intersection of Grazhdanskaya Ulitsa and Stolyarny Pereulok. According to this proportion (730 * 29 / 20), Raskolnikov’s real path will correspond to 1058 steps.

It remains to determine where he crossed the «ditch» (Griboyedov Canal): by Kokushkin Bridge or by Voznesensky Bridge? Through Kokushkin Bridge it turns out to be 1097 steps, and through Voznesensky Bridge = 1095. This is only two steps closer to the estimated 1058, but since it is very convenient to turn around the corner of Stolyarny Pereulok to the Griboyedov Canal embankment, I consider the path through the Voznesensky Bridge to be correct:

It was not much for him to go; he even knew how many steps it was from the gate of his house: exactly seven hundred and thirty.
«It was not much for him to go; he even knew how many steps it was from the gate of his house: exactly seven hundred and thirty».



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