Panorama of St. Petersburg, by J.G. Köhl

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Page 223 - I have seen these people all melting from the hot bath, drying and dressing in the open air, or at most in a sort of booth, forming an outhouse to the baths. Round it are the doors leading to the bathing-rooms, large wooden apartments, in which a heat of 40' to 50~> (Reaumur) is maintained.
Page 135 - ... out of their bodies in the endeavour to obtain the desired magnitude. The commission must be executed — that was selfevident ; but how ? A great premium was offered to whoever should solve this problem. Again the human bellows toiled and puffed. Their object seemed unattainable ; when at last a long-bearded Russian stepped forward, and declared that he could do it — he had strong and sound lungs, he would only rinse his mouth first with a little water to refresh them.
Page 219 - Suddenly his countenance brightened ; he turned to the ambassador who was deep in conversation with his neighbour, and asked him what was the hour. His excellency triumphantly put his hand to his pocket, he had had it on his watch a few moments before — and to the amusement of all, but particularly of the grand-duke, drew out a very neatly cut turnip ! A general laugh followed. The ambassador, somewhat...
Page 67 - It is astonishing what a number of these birds are yearly consumed at the luxurious tables of St. Petersburg. In winter the cold keeps the meat fresh, and at the same time facilitates its conveyance to market. The partridges come mostly from Saratoff, the swans from Finland; Livonia and Esthonia supply heathcocks and grouse, and the wide steppes must furnish the trapp geese which flutter over their endless plains, where the Cossack hunts them on horseback, and kills them with his formidable whip.
Page 27 - ... so that the mass of waters on such occasions is always forcibly impelled towards the city. The islands forming the delta of the Neva, on which St. Petersburg stands, are extremely low and flat ; and the highest point in the city is probably not more than twelve or fourteen feet above the average level of the sea. A rise of fifteen feet is therefore enough to place all St. Petersburg under water, and a rise of thirty feet is enough to drown almost every human being in the place.
Page 182 - ... with a multitude of little kulitshi sticking upon it, like young oysters on the back of an old one, with plums, consecrated palm-twigs, &c., which latter always project a little from the crust. Both must be decorated with flowers and wax-lights; and if, in addition to these, a hard egg and a dram be swallowed, the common Easter breakfast of a Russian of the lower class has been taken, and you may go to sleep for some hours with a good conscience wherewith to begin the enjoyment of the Easter...
Page 88 - Ikonostas are of the finest glass, the doors are formed of golden columns twined and interlaced with vine leaves and ears of corn in carved and gilded wood. The pictures of this Ikonostas are all new, painted by the pupils of the St. Petersburg Academy. The faces of the apostles and saints, of the Madonna and of the Redeemer, in the old Russian pictures, have all the well-known Byzantine or Indian physiognomy en the handkerchief of St.
Page 197 - People will say, for instance, "We are living this year in the Peterhof road, at the seventh verst;" or "The Orlof Datsha stands at the eleventh verst;" "We will breakfast at the traiteur's at the fourteenth verst;" as if these milestones were pyramids. But so it is: there are neither valleys, brooks, nor smiling villages wherewith to distinguish places; and people can find their way only by reckoning the milestones. The centre of Peterhof is the old castle, built by Peter the Great.
Page 83 - On the spot where it stands, they have been at work upon a place of worship for the last century. A wooden church was followed by a church of brick ; a church of marble was then attempted, which failed, and was finished in brick. This half-and-half building vanished in its turn ; and, under Nicholas the First, the present magnificent building was erected, which will scarcely find so splendid a successor.
Page 34 - Next follow some markets and magazines for the sale of invalided furniture and superannuated apparel, which, having spent their youth in the service of the central quarters, are consigned in old age to the mercy of the suburbs. The houses, in the old Russian fashion, are painted yellow and red, and every man we meet displays a beard of venerable length, and a yet longer caftan. A little farther on, and we see a few isvoshtshiks who have strayed by chance so far from their more central haunts ; a...

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