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Alexandrovsk-Sakhalinsky

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The Three Brothers

Alexandrovsk-Sakhalinsky is a port town on the northwest coast of Sakhalin, on the shores of the Tatar Strait. It is considered the oldest settlement on the island, but it most famous for once being the short-term home of Anton Chekhov, where he wrote The Sakhalin Island.

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The sightseeing capital of the Far East this is not, but there are a few things even beyond the requisite Chekhov Museum. Look for the Three Brothers (Три брата), a set of three monolithic rocks jutting out of the water just west of the town, as well as the port's lighthouse. If you are resourceful, you might also get a local to direct you to the network of tunnels dug by prisoners at the katorga—nineteenth century forced labor camps on the island.

Other sights include:

  • Chekhov and Sakhalin Museum (Историко-литературный музей «Чехов и Сахалин»).
  • Church of the Protection of the Mother of God (Храм Покрова Пресвятой Богородицы).
  • Former Treasury Building (Здание бывшего казначейства). Built in 1880.
  • Monument to Chekhov, (in the main square).
  • Regional Museum (Краеведческий музей имени А. П. Чехова).


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