Antique print dated 1895. The page is over 120 years old and in good condition.
In order to enhance and protect the page we have set in within a brown frame and mount.
Frame size 400mm x 370mm. available also in a gold frame, your choice. RtW.44.
Entitled – St. Petersburg. The Nevski Prospect.
Below the picture an inscription reads:
St. Petersburg. – The journey from Stockholm to the capital of the Russian Empire takes three days, by way of Abo and Helsingfors, in Finland.
Dim visions of the pre-historic Scythians rise before our mental vision as we approach the gay city. We recall the mighty Rurik, founder of the Russian monarchy; and the mind dwells upon the weird history of the lawless Tartars. Yet there is but little that makes for romance in the St. Petersburg of to-day. Nobody thinks of such unpleasant things as insidious Nihilism, Press censorship, police espionage, and the unspeakable horrors of penal Siberia. The superficial observer strolls up the Nevski Propect on a winter’s day, notes the gaiety that prevails, the palaces,
and the stately churches, and thinks he has explored Russia. St. Petersburg has a population of about 1,000,000, and is somewhat daringly
situated on the Neva. This river rises in Lake Ladoga, flows through the city, and empties itself into the Gulf of Finland, after having run a course
of 42 miles. When a south-western gale is raging, the Neva rushes along the quays within two feet of the street level. Then there is some little excitement. Guns are fired from the fortress, and boats are got ready for emergencies by the police and naval authorities. The principal part of
St. Petersburg lies on the left bank of the Neva, and is divided into three semi-circular divisions by the Moika, St. Catherine, and Fontanka Canals. The three main streets radiate from the Admiralty – the Nevski Prospect (a view of which is shown above), the Gorokhovaya Ulitsa, and the Voznesenski Prospect. The direction of these noble thoroughfares and the canals determines the lines of all other streets, which, though wide
as a rule, are badly paved. The Nevski Prospect, the Regent Street and St. Petersburg, is four versts or three miles long, almost straight,
and is lined with churches of every denomination, palatial public buildings, and huge mansions. In winter no street in Europe presents so extraordinary a spectacle as the Nevski Prospect. The north side of the great silent street is crowded with pedestrians enveloped in costly furs, while gaily appointed sledges glide swiftly over the frozen snow.
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