To visit Kaluga takes 3 hours by train from Moscow. It’s quicker on an express train which is predictably more expensive and sought-after.
I went to Kaluga during the Days of Europe event, previously celebrated in several other cities in Russia. I didn’t even try to follow the map of the event; instead I went to specifically attend the walk around the historic centre of the city. We were guided by an excellent guide Larisa who in the end walked me to a small blue wooden house where in 1902 the outstanding Russian scientist Konstantin Tsiolkovsky composed his seminal work on rocket science. It is often assumed that it was composed at what is now his house-museum; in truth he only did editing work there, the writing happened in this little building opposite St. George Cathedral Church where a miraculous icon of Our Lady is stored.
|Konstantin Tsiolkovsky house
|Tsiolkovsky’s first house in Kaluga stood opposite the blue one,
between the two houses in this photo
|Tsiolkovsky lived in this house between August 1893 and March 1902
|Yet another house opposite Tsiolkovsky’s
|The Church of St. George Across the Top houses a miraculous icon of Our Lady