If you google Odessa, you definitely come across Tolstoy Palace. And even though you might not have deep knowledge of Russian literature, Tolstoy's name rings a bell. And the first question that comes to mind is: is it Lev Tolstoy's palace?
The answer is: no. It's not Leo Tolstoy's palace. However, this does not make the story of the palace less interesting. Owners of the palace were related to Lev Tolstoy. As many Russian aristocratic families, the family of Tolstoy was big. One branch settled in Ukraine and were one of the biggest landlords in its Southern parts. They chose Odessa as their home and were one of its honorable citizens and biggest philanthropists, sponsoring schools for orphans and foundation of the city's first ambulance (which was among the first ambulances in Russian Empire).
And as for the palace, it was a wedding gift from the head of the Tolstoy family to a maid...., who became his daughter-in-law. Also, it was the first house in Odessa, which got the phone landline. And the landline connected it with...the Opera House.
So, how far is the palace from the Opera House? Of those two structures, shown on the picture above, what is exactly the Tolstoy palace? What happened to its owners after the Bolshevik revolution? You'll get answers to these questions, as well as hear more fun and interesting stories about the palace and Tolstoy family during our Odessa Through the Centuries walk http://www.odessawalks.com/odessa-walks/Odessa-Through-the-Centuries.html
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