The “autumn” writer Leo Tolstoy lived and worked at his ancestral estate, Yasnaya Polyana, which is located 200 kilometers south of Moscow. There he wrote his famous novels “War and Peace” and “Anna Karenina,” among a great number of his other works. This is also the location of his burial site. The Yasnaya Polyana state memorial and natural preserve currently displays authentic furniture from the estate, Tolstoy’s personal possessions, his 20,000-book library, the work house of the writer Prince Volkonsky, the Kuzminsky House, which held a school that Tolstoy opened for peasant children, and a bathhouse.Tsiolkovsky State Museum of the History of CosmonauticsThe Konstantin E. Tsiolkovsky State Museum of the History of Cosmonautics is the first museum in the world dedicated to the history of space exploration. The driving force behind the creation of the museum was Sergei Korolyov and the cornerstone of the museum was laid by Yuri Gagarin on 13 June 1961. Situated 76 kilometers from Moscow, the Abramtsevo manor estate, now a museum-reserve, belonged to the writer Sergei Aksakov and, later, Savva Mamontov. Thanks to Mamontov, the Abramtsevo estate became a center of artistic life in late 19th-century Russia. The estate welcomed a roster of guests that included the writers Gogol and Turgenev, the artists Repin, Vasnetsov, Vrubel, Korovin and Levitan, and the renowned bass singer Fyodor Shalyapin. Nowadays, the 50 hectares occupied by this museum-reserve contain a park and monuments to 18th- and 19th-century architecture.In the native village of the Russian poet Sergei Esenin, located in the Ryazan region 270 kilometers from Moscow, a museum-reserve was opened in 1965. Right after the poet’s death in 1925, devotees of his work began making pilgrimages to Konstantinvo. They met Esenin’s mother and sister in Esenin’s house, and record books show thousands of notes requesting that an Esenin museum be opened in the village. Annual festivals, poetry nights and concerts are now held in the village. The Esenins’ estate, the Church of Our Lady of Kazan, a literary exhibition, and zemstvo and teacher training schools have all been preserved in the village.