The monument to the great Russian poet, Mikhail Lermontov, is located at the intersection of Kirov and Lermontovskaya Streets in Tambov. Around the monument there is a small public garden arranged for the poet’s 100th birthday in 1914. In that same year, Tyoplaya Street, where the garden was located, was given a new name of Lermontovskaya. The monument designed by M.D. Ryndzyunskaya was erected in the garden by the 100th anniversary of the poet’s death in 1941. Today, the public garden is a small green area surrounded by private buildings.
It is not by chance that the monument and the street called so in honor of the poet appeared in Tambov. Mikhail Lermontov immortalized the town in his work “The Tambov Treasurer’s Wife”. The poet’s creative work is closely connected with Tambov. He got acquainted with many Tambovians though there is no evidence that Lermontov actually visited the town.
The legends about Lermontov’s visit to Tambov have been passing on from one generation to another. According to one of them, M. Lermontov stayed in brothers Fyodor and Yury Protasievs‘ house while passing through Tambov on his way to his grandmother’s estate in Tarkhany. The brothers kept a card playing club in one of the most beautiful houses in town. Historians support the theory that Lermontov visited Tambov where he was introduced to the morals and manners of Tambov high society of those days. They say, it helped him to write his famous poem “The Tambov Treasurer’s Wife”. Frequent were the cases of whole fortunes being lost and games lasting the whole day when the players took breaks to eat and rest without leaving the club rooms. Sometimes the players had to send couriers to their estate managers requesting another sum of money when they lost what they had had with them. Often both movable and immovable property was at stake. They pledged their carriages, horses, packs of hounds.
Nevertheless, it doesn’t really matter whether Lermontov visited Tambov or not. The poem “The Tambov Treasurer’s Wife” made the town famous and became one of the masterpieces of Russian literature.
Источник фотографий: Russia.Travel