Volkovo cemetery Necropolis Literary Bridges

Volkovo cemetery Necropolis Literary Bridges
A mourning girl with a wreath in her hand – grave sculpture. Volkovo cemetery Necropolis Literary Bridges

Volkovo cemetery Necropolis Literary Bridges
Once a writer, Vsevolod Garshin, known to everyone since childhood as the author of “Frogs-Travelers,” said: “Summer, heat and longing. I want to go somewhere far away from the stone, into the greenery, into some quiet place, where the noise of the city does not reach and where there is no crowd. It is difficult to find such a secluded place: the gardens are full of people, dacha places too. I’ll go to the cemetery. If bored among the living, then where to go, if not to the dead? Talking to them, that is, reading their books. I’m tired, and going to see where they are … ”
So, six years before his tragic death, the writer spoke about the “Literary Bridge” Necropolis of St. Petersburg Volkovo cemetery, and where he rests in peace himself. Many years have passed, but we are experiencing the same feelings today when we are walking along this unique necropolis!

Volkovo cemetery Necropolis Literary Bridges
Ivan Sergeyevich Turgenev (November 9 1818 – September 3, 1883) – Russian writer, poet, playwright, translator. Volkovo cemetery Necropolis Literary Bridges

Outstanding Russian writers, poets, literary critics, scientists, theater and cinema figures – buried here. Among them – A.N. Radishchev, V.G. Belinsky, N.A. Dobrolyubov, I.S. Turgenev, M.E. Saltykov-Shchedrin, V.V. Krestovsky, A.I. Kuprin, and G.I. Uspensky. Scientists: D.I. Mendeleev, I.P. Pavlov, and A.A. Ukhtomsky. Actors of theater and cinema: A.Ya. Vaganova, A.Ya. Shelest, N.N. Trofimov, K.M. Sergeev and many others!

During the walk you feel a strong feeling. And the singing of birds, the gleams of light, making their way through shady alleys, the closeness of the Temple of Resurrection force you to think about the Eternal …

Meanwhile, the tradition associated with this necropolis dates back to 1802. Particularly, when A. Radishchev was buried near the Church of the Resurrection. unfortunately, this grave has not been preserved. In 1848, the publicist VG Belinsky was buried here, and in 1861, next to his grave – another critic N.A. Dobrolyubov, and in 1868, the publicist DI Pisarev.

However, in 1935, the authorities turned the Literary Bridges into a department of the State Museum of Urban Sculpture. Noteworthy, here appeared the remains of writers from other cemeteries. In particular, NG Pomyalovsky, Alexandr Blok, IA Goncharov. But in some cases, only gravestones, without the remains themselves. In fact, on the territory of the necropolis there are about 500 tombstones, including those of considerable artistic value.

Unfortunately, during the reconstruction of the Volkov cemetery and founding the museum “Literatorskie bridges” the graves of many prominent St. Petersburg leaders of national history, science and culture have been completely lost or mislaid.

Volkovo cemetery Necropolis Literary Bridges

Agrippina Vaganova
Outstanding ballerina Agrippina Vaganova
Agrippina Yakovlevna Vaganova (26 June 1879 – 5 November 1951) Russian ballet teacher who developed the Vaganova method
Agrippina Yakovlevna Vaganova (26 June 1879 – 5 November 1951) Russian ballet teacher who developed the Vaganova method
Alexey Ukhtomsky
Alexey Ukhtomsky
Architector Noi Trotsky
Architector Noi Trotsky
Bear. Detail of the gravestone of the writer Alexei Chapygin (1870-1937). Sculptor LA Dietrich, 1940
Bear. Detail of the gravestone of the writer Alexei Chapygin (1870-1937). Sculptor LA Dietrich, 1940
Bekhterev
Bekhterev
Bust of Ivan Turgenev
Bust of Ivan Turgenev
Composer Vasily Pavlovich Soloviev-Sedoy (1907-1979). Sculptural composition with a portrait. Sculptor MK Anikushin, 1985
Composer Vasily Pavlovich Soloviev-Sedoy (1907-1979). Sculptural composition with a portrait. Sculptor MK Anikushin, 1985
Covered with snow tomb sculpture
Covered with snow tomb sculpture
Evil face, Details of sculpture
Evil face, Details of sculpture
Fragment of the gravestone of the writer Alexei Chapygin (1870-1937). Stela with bas-relief portrait and reliefs. Sculptor LA Dietrich, 1940
Fragment of the gravestone of the writer Alexei Chapygin (1870-1937). Stela with bas-relief portrait and reliefs. Sculptor LA Dietrich, 1940
Fragment. grave monument
Fragment. grave monument
Geographer, biologist, academician Lev Semenovich Berg (1876-1950). Granite stele with high relief portrait. Sculptor V. Ya. Bogolyubov, 1954
Geographer, biologist, academician Lev Semenovich Berg (1876-1950). Granite stele with high relief portrait. Sculptor V. Ya. Bogolyubov, 1954
Geographer, biologist, academician Lev Semenovich Berg (1876-1950). Sculptor V. Ya. Bogolyubov, 1954
Geographer, biologist, academician Lev Semenovich Berg (1876-1950). Sculptor V. Ya. Bogolyubov, 1954
Georgy Plekhanov
Georgy Plekhanov (29 November 1856 – 30 May 1918) – Russian revolutionary and a Marxist theoretician
Georgy Plekhanov
Georgy Plekhanov
Grieving Angel
Grieving Angel
Heroes of faity-tales, fragment of gravestone of the monument to Alexei Chapygin. Sculptor LA Dietrich, 1940
Heroes of faity-tales, fragment of gravestone of the monument to Alexei Chapygin. Sculptor LA Dietrich, 1940
Iron cast grid
Iron cast grid
Ivan Goncharov
Writer Ivan Goncharov (18 June 1812 – 27 September 1891)
Mourning sculpture
Mourning sculpture
Music sheet with a fragment of the legendary song 'Your honor, Mrs. Luck' on the monument to the composer Isaac Schwartz
Music sheet with a fragment of the legendary song ‘Your honor, Mrs. Luck’ on the monument to the composer Isaac Schwartz
Nikolai Pavlovich Akimov (1901-1968) - Theater director, artist, People's Artist of the USSR. Architectural headstone with a portrait. Sculptor GV Honin. 1974. Photo by Alexander Solovyov
Nikolai Pavlovich Akimov (1901-1968) – Theater director, artist, People’s Artist of the USSR. Architectural headstone with a portrait. Sculptor GV Honin. 1974. Photo by Alexander Solovyov
Romantic characters, fragment of the gravestone of the writer Alexei Chapygin (1870-1937). Sculptor LA Dietrich, 1940
Romantic characters, fragment of the gravestone of the writer Alexei Chapygin (1870-1937). Sculptor LA Dietrich, 1940
Rose - Symbolic sculpture
Rose – Symbolic sculpture
Russian writer Ivan Turgenev
Russian writer Ivan Turgenev

Skillful work of sculptor decorates the grave

Symbolic Black roses
Symbolic Black roses
Thirst. Fragment of the tombstone to Vsevolod Rozhdestvensky. Sculptor A.V. Semchenko, architect O.N. Bashinsky, ZB Tomashevskaya. 1986
Thirst. Fragment of the tombstone to Vsevolod Rozhdestvensky. Sculptor A.V. Semchenko, architect O.N. Bashinsky, ZB Tomashevskaya. 1986
Tomb monuments
Tomb monuments
Vladimir Bekhterev
Vladimir Bekhterev
Volkovo cemetery Necropolis Literary Bridges
Volkovo cemetery Necropolis Literary Bridges
Winter view
Winter view
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