The Baltic, Its Gates, Shores, and Cities; With a Notice of the White Sea

The Baltic, Its Gates, Shores, and Cities; With a Notice of the White Sea

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1854 edition. Excerpt: ...the rendezvous of the Russian fleet in summer, part of which sometimes remains through the winter. In the autumn of 1853 the symptoms of impending War were too unequivocal to admit of this being done; and the whole squadron was moored in the better protected harbours of Helsingfors and Cronstadt. The town was first regularly founded by Waldemar II. of Denmark, in 1219, after some buildings had been erected on the spot by his predecessors. The place soon acquired commercial importance, was admitted into the Hanseatic League, and had its corps of Schwarzen Haupter, like Riga. It remained more or less subject to the Danes till the year 1347, when want of cash induced them to dispose of their dominion to the Grand Masters of the Teutonic Order. From them it passed to the Swedes in 1561, who held possession till Peter the Great annexed the province to his empire. The Czar was fond of Reval; built himself a house in the neighbourhood, and near it a palace for the Czarina, which he presented to her by the name of Catherinthal. Most of the succeeding sovereigns have made this spot their temporary residence; and its ornamental grounds furnish the inhabitants with an agreeable summer evening promenade. Reval consists of two distinct portions, the upper town and the lower. The upper is picturesquely seated on the Domberg, or hill of the cathedral. This is a singular reef of lofty rocks, circular in shape, and about a mile in circumference. It has a citadel-like aspect, being an insulated mass, with plains of deep sand around it. The cathedral is altogether devoid D of attraction as a building, but contains sepulchral monuments of interest--the tombs of the noble families of Gardie, Thurn, Horn, and others; and vaults which formerly received the remains of...show more

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  • Paperback | 88 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 172g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236625994
  • 9781236625991