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French authorities collect funds to repair Pauline Viardot estate

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French authorities collect funds to repair Pauline Viardot estate


The French authorities are holding a national lottery to restore historical monuments, Russkiy Luxembourg website reports. The program includes the estate of a famous opera singer Pauline Viardot. There the Museum of Russian writer Turgenev is located.

Tickets for the Heritage Mission lottery are being sold for five days, the lottery draw will take place in a week. The money will be transferred to a special fund which will distribute it to almost three hundred objects. Eighteen of them are priorities. This number includes the Viardot estate in the town of Bougival. Turgenev bought it for the singer. He lived in this French city from 1873 until his death. Here he built a small French house - dacha Les Frênes. Later it became the Turgenev Museum.

In the estate Viardot arranged musical and literary salons. The most famous writers and musicians of the 19th century visited them.

As Russkiy Mir reported, this year marks the anniversary of the great Russian writer. So that Bougival hosts the concerts, film screenings, creative evenings and scientific discussions. Local schools, tourist centers, a conservatory and other cultural institutions participate it.

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