The Crimea: with a visit to Odessa

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G. Routledge, 1855 - Crimea (Ukraine) - 183 pages

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Page 73 - Within a long recess a bay there lies, Edged round with cliffs high pointing to the skies ; The jutting shores that swell on either side Contract its mouth, and break the rushing tide. Our eager sailors seize the fair retreat...
Page 73 - Jura rock, have their beauty augmented by the numerous ruins visible upon them. Here, certainly, stood the old castle by which the entrance to the straits was commanded. Traces are still found of an immense outer wall, and there are two towers in a respectable state of preservation, one of which is built right above the narrow entrance. A harbour more protected against storms and sudden attack it would be difficult to find.
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