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“Glimpse of times past”

Penates, I. Y. Repin's Estate Museum
Ranked #1 of 4 things to do in Repino
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 17 September 2014

The Penates estate bought by Ilya Repin, one of Russia's greatest realist painters of the 19th century, was, when he bought it, in Finland in Kuokkala. In 1948 the area became Russian and the town renamed Repino in his memory. While only able to view his home externally the mainly glass studio, still with much evidence of his tools and equipment, was easily visible. The gardens with their "follies" - wooden structures representing the " temple of Isis and Osirus" and the Sheharezade Tower to name but two. Set in woodland with towering conifers and deciduous trees , herbaceous borders flowering in profusion , and meandering streams it is easy to see why Repin chose to be buried here when he died in 1930. After the hustle of St Petersburg, and on the warm sunny day we visited it was idyllic. A glimpse of rural Russia with the Gulf of Finland just across the road. Aparently Repin was to art what Tolstoy was to literature at that time and the visit has stimulated us to get better acquainted with this artist.

1  Thank Lorna W
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Reviewed 8 June 2014

It's an old strange house fully rebuilt after the WW2nd. There is nothing interesting there even if you are a fan of Iliya Repin. I recommend to visit this place only if you are somewhere around and you'd like to spend/kill half an hour on something you don't really care what.

3  Thank Evgeny_Maltsev
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Reviewed 24 October 2013

I strongly recommend to visit this museum to everyone. Ilya Repin was a gifted artist.There were outstanding people among the guests at his house. The family had unusual traditions and you will know about them when you listen to your guide and enjoy the immaculate story of the artist's biography. Old video will be demonstrated after the excursion. Look at the special round table in the dining-room. The museum appealed to our children as well. We would gladly see how it looks in summer and have a nice warm promenade in its beautiful garden!

2  Thank Inna K
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Reviewed 25 August 2013

Very interesting home-museum, beautiful building, nice garden. After visit, cross main road and enjoy time on the dunes and beach on gulf of Finland.Very funny stories happened in the house: go there and discover!

2  Thank Matteo L
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