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Votkinsk : The birthplace of Peter Ilyich Tchaikov
Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky was born in Votkinsk and spent the first 8 years of his life there, before his parents moved first to Moscow and later to St. Petersburg.
Take a guided tour through the Tchaikowski-museum, it seems to be the only way to see all the exhibits. Our guide was speaking an excellent german and there will be also guides speaking english and other languages and I had the feeling that in every room there was an extra guide, closing the doors after the tour-groups and making sure nobody was left behind.
In case that you want to take some photographs, there will be an extra-charge, it was 200 Rubles (around 6 Euros) and the way this was handled gave me the impression that all of that money went directely to the guides instead of to the museum.
There was no radio or TV at that time and so the big hall with the piano and other musical instruments was a perfect place to enjoy the evening, while listening to music performed by young Pjotr Illich Thaikovsky.
Tchaikovsky's mother Aleksandra Andreevna d'Assier (1813-1854) died when he was just 14. he had 4 brothers (the youngest of them were twins) and 1 sister. His father Ilya Petrovitch Tchaikvosky was a wealthy inspector of mines,this is why their house is much bigger than the ordinary houses of that time.
There are also some nice wooden buildings next to the museum.

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  • Updated Aug 30, 2010
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