Fyodor Dostoyevsky Memorial

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About the project
July 7, 2023, was the 145th Anniversary of Dostoevsky’s visit to the Monastery that had a special part in his life and career. The first event on the program of Dostoevsky’s Days in Optina Pustyn was the opening of the memorial at the Monastery walls.

This place used to be the center of eldership in Rus. Thousands of the afflicted took pilgrimage to this place to find healing, spiritual cleansing, and salvage. In 1878, Dostoevsky came here, too, to meet Elder Amvrosy. This was how the sculptor showed him — walking towards the hermit’s hut with other parishioners. 

 In 1880, two years after his visit to the Monastery, the writer published his Brothers Karamazov novel, which was the pinnacle of his creative career.

Optina Pustin Monastery, Kaluga Region, Russia

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Salavat Shcherbakov, Soviet and Russian sculptor

Authors of the project
Salavat Shcherbakov, sculptor

Alexey Komov, architect

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