A hand-book for travellers in Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Russia, Volume 1 (Google eBook)

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Page 229 - One might imagine all the states of Europe and Asia had sent a building, by way of representative, to Moscow ; and under this impression the eye is presented with deputies from all countries, holding congress: timber huts from regions beyond the Arctic; plastered palaces from Sweden and Denmark, not whitewashed since their arrival ; painted walls from the Tyrol ; mosques from Constantinople ; Tartar temples from...
Page 36 - How sleep the brave, who sink to rest By all their country's wishes blest ? When Spring, with dewy fingers cold, Returns to deck their hallowed mould, She there shall dress a sweeter sod Than Fancy's feet have ever trod.
Page 262 - ... sea ; though on one occasion the Bishop of Riga is reported to have edified the minds of heathen Wends by a dramatic representation of a variety of scenes from the Bible, while all writers concur in describing the cruelties practised upon the unbelieving natives by these Christian warriors as of the most revolting and barbarous description. They were not long permitted to pursue their career of conquest and tyranny with impunity. On the north, they were compelled to recoil before the arms of...
Page 187 - Petersburgh is built on a morass, it was thought necessary to drive no less than six successive rows of piles, in order to sustain so immense a weight as this standing upon so confined a base ; the shaft of the column alone is computed as weighing nearly 400 tons, and the massive pedestal must materially increase the tremendous pressure.
Page 228 - ... half from the Kremlin, completed on both sides of the Moskva ; the internal one, with a radius of about a mile, spreading only on the north of the river, and terminating near the Stone Bridge on the one side, and the Foundling Hospital on the other. The river enters the barrier of the vast city to which it has given a name, about the central point of the western side, and after winding round the Devitchei convent like a huge serpent, and...
Page 262 - ... the order, and everything seemed to promise the rapid rise of a mighty kingdom, when a sudden attack of the Lithuanians laid low the grand master and his hopes of conquest, and nearly annihilated the entire forces of the brotherhood. The scanty relics of this powerful body now called for aid on their brethren the Teutonic knights, who were anxiously seeking a fairer field for military achievements than the East, where they were alike harassed by the open violence of the Mussulman, and the jealousy...
Page 36 - By the festal cities blaze, Whilst the wine-cup shines in light ; And yet amidst that joy and uproar Let us think of them that sleep, Full many a fathom deep, By thy wild and stormy steep, Elsinore.
Page 182 - It has but little claim to architectural beauty, and may be divided into three parts, each of which was the work of a different architect. The first part, which is united to the Winter palace, and somewhat resembles it in style, was built by Lamotte, in 1765. The second part, which extends to the small canal connecting the Moika with the Neva, was the work of the architect Velten, in 1775.
Page 263 - Tzar to agree to a : truce for fifty years ; but the stipulated time had no sooner elapsed than the Russians again invaded them, and, too : feeble any longer to resist such powerful enemies, the knights were glad to purchase peace, and the undisturbed possession of the province of Courland as a fief of the Polish crown, by surrendering Esthonia to Sweden, and Livonia to the Poles, while the districts of Narva and Dorpat were incorporated with the empire of Russia.

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