There are places on the map for which it’s worth leaving the capital, driving more than one hour and crossing the border of the Moscow region. One of them is in the Ryazan region, 180 kilometers from Moscow.
The picturesque shore of the Oka. Wooden houses. The unique smell of mowed grass. Surrounded by birches, instead of the usual advertising, there is a billboard with the words: “I love my homeland, I really love my homeland! ..” We are in Konstantinov - the village where Sergey Yesenin was born.
Esenin Museum is relatively young - it was opened in the house of his parents only in 1965, on the 70th anniversary of the poet's birth. The atmosphere of village life of the beginning of the last century is recreated in a cozy log cabin, things of the Yesenin family are collected. There is a house in the shade of tall spreading birches - "the country of birch chintz." In the courtyard there is a hut with a thatched roof, a barn and riga. On the contrary, the restored chapel and the snow-white church of the Kazan Icon of the Mother of God. The church in Konstantinov was erected in 1779 by the architect I.E. Starova. Here Yesenin's parents were married, Sergei was baptized. Arriving in his native village, he loved to be in church.
On the rural square there is a wide one-story building - a zemstvo school, the initial level of which Seryozha graduated with a certificate of appreciation. Now in the classrooms are old black desks, abacus, cards that have yellowed from time to time are hanging on the walls.
Surrounded by gardens, above Oka, there is a house with a mezzanine that belonged to the last owner of the village, L.I. Cachina. Her fate formed the basis of the image of the heroine of the poem "Anna Snegina". The decor of the house is also from those times when the poet was in it.
Nearby in the scientific and cultural center is a literary exposition: manuscripts, Yesenin's unique lifetime editions, and the poet’s personal belongings.
The whole village is an open-air museum, a museum-reserve. Fans of outdoor activities can learn to play an old game - croquet. The exhibition and shopping center sells souvenirs and handicrafts. Good parking is organized here, and even on weekdays it is not empty.
Every year, holidays are held in Yesenin’s homeland: Pancake week, Christmas evenings, Tatyana’s day, Yesenin's Memorial Day. But most of the poet's fans are going from September 13 to October 5. These are the so-called Yesenin days. This year they promise a festival of fine art, a run by Rybnoye - Konstantinovo, concerts with folk songs, poems and dances. Come here any day except Monday.