The Character of the Russians and a Detailed History of Moscow

The Character of the Russians and a Detailed History of Moscow

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1840 edition. Excerpt: ...the east side, or back, which is three stories high. It is a very plain edifice, painted yellow, and ornamented with pilasters. It has also been called the Yellow Palace, or Joltoi'Dvorets. After the evacuation of Moscow by the French in 1812, many dead bodies were heaped together in the square of this palace. Catharine's Barracks. These barracks were formerly a magnificent palace, called Y ekaterinslcoi Dvorets; afterwards, they were made barracks by Paul I. They were converted into 'an hospital in 1812, by order of Count Restopchin, and it is said that they are soon 'to become the seat of the imperial Medico-Chirurgical Academy, but this seems improbable. This edifice, for I feel reluctant to call it barracks, forms an enormous oblong square pile of building, three stories in height, beside the basement, and well merits the name of palace from its magni Vide Levesque's Hist. de Russ. vol. iv. p. 285. and numerous Lzfis of Peter the Great, &c. Plan, No. 482. ficent appearance. Its two grand facades measure each 100 sajins, or 700 feet, according to the scale of the plan; but this, Ithink, must be incorrect. Probably 400 or 500, would be nearer the truth. The ends naturally measure considerably less: according to the plan, about 430 feet, or perhaps 250 or 300. The centre of the east grand facade is embellished by a fine colonade reaching from the top of the ground story to the top of the building. This colonade consists of sixteen elegant columns of the Corinthian order, totally formed of hard free-stone, except the acanthus leaves, which are made of plaster, and has a balcony faced by a balustrade at its base. The ends of this facade project a little as well as the centre, and each is adorned by...show more

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  • Paperback | 156 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 8mm | 290g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236991109
  • 9781236991102