The famous Russian poet Alexander Sergeevich Pushkin died on February 10 [January 29 old style] 1837. The poet died in an apartment at 12 on the Moika River embankment from a wound received in a duel with Georges de Gekkern (Dantes).

Pushkin loved to walk in the Summer Garden. In one of his letters to his wife, the poet said: “The summer garden is my vegetable garden. I, getting up from sleep, go there in a dressing gown and shoes. After dinner I sleep in it, read and write. I am at home in it.” Although the letter was written with a grain of irony, because the watchmen would hardly have let the poet into the garden in such an outfit.

In the first third of the 19th century, the Summer Garden was the only old garden in St. Petersburg that was open to the public. This is how the journalist P. Svinin describes the public of the Summer Garden of the 19th century: “Until 10 o’clock in the morning, there are some ailing, walking according to doctors’ orders. nannies and nurses! At two o’clock in the afternoon, the scene changes – and the large alley presents charms and splendor under a different guise. This is the hour of the afternoon walk of the Petersburg beauties. “

Pushkin mentions the Summer Garden in the novel in verse “Eugene Onegin”. Lines that many know by heart and are often quoted when visiting the Summer Garden.

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