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Pavel Tychyna lived in this elite house of People`s Committee type, surrounded by his books, his recollections and his favorite music – he played the piano and bandura pretty well. The atmosphere of the last years of the poet`s life has been preserved in the flat since 1967, the year of the poet`s death. Each room reveals part of the inner world of the owner, part of his soul.
Tychyna was “a monument to himself” during his life, always restricted by official limits, surrounded by public attention and respect. He could often find a place to stay in private only in the “room of his thoughts”. But when the host was in a good mood, every guest could come into his study with portraits of Kotsyubinskiy and academician – philologist Beletskiy, pictures by Nikolay Glushchenko, Aleksey Shovkunenko, Vasiliy Kasian hanging on the walls. And the poet`s favorite palm tree is also there. “It is nice to write under the palm”- he confessed in one of his letters once.
All creative intellectuals of Ukraine visited this flat: musicians, painters, dramatists. It is easy to make the list of Tychyna`s guests: one should just take Ukrainian Encyclopedia and look up family names of his contemporaries at random. Time seems to have frozen in the study. The interior of the flat of the 1960th seems old-fashioned now, although only four decades have passed since then…
There is a priceless archeological treasure in Tychyna`s apartment – a thousand-year-old Armenian musical instrument “dzban” , presented to the poet by his Armenian colleagues. It is hard to deserve recognition in the East, but Tychyna did: he knew Armenian language along with others, translated from and into it, had friendly relations with local cultural workers. The great Armenian painter M. Saryan visited Tychyna`s apartment.
It is also interesting to see the voluminous library of the poet – his “Knigodar”, including over 20 thousand books. Books with gift inscriptions and autographs of guests make about 5 thousand of them. Numerous souvenirs, granted to Tychyna, can be seen in the library. The poet died in this flat on September 16, 1967.