"My mother's boudoir had a convenient oriel for looking out on the Morskaia in the direction of the Square Marie "
Nabokov House Museum
Public DomainNabokov House Museum - Credit: Alex Bakharev

The Nabokov family house (now a Nabokov Museum) was at 47, Bolshaya Morskaya Ulitsa. His mother's boudoir would have looked across the Moika river towards the Square Marie, probably the pre-Revolutionary name for the square where the Mariinsky Palace stands. The Palace (not to be confused with the nearby world-renowned Mariinsky Theatre) is nowadays the seat of the Legislative Assembly but it was built for the Grand Duchess Maria between 1839 and 1844.


Mariinsky Palace
Public DomainMariinsky Palace - Credit: Imperialista