0 Russian cities on 1711 old pictures of Nicolaas Witsen: Some of this cities don’t exist anymore

Russian cities on 1711 old pictures of Nicolaas Witsen: Some of this cities don’t exist anymore

Posted on April 10, 2017 by tim


Nicolaas Witsen was a famous Dutch person in 18th century. In fact he became  a mayor of Amsterdam thirteen times! In his free time he was cartographer, maritime writer, and an authority on shipbuilding, but most importantly he was an expert on Russian affairs. So he went to Russia and here are the pictures of Russian towns he brought back in year 1711. Interesting fact that some of the town he has visited at that time don’t exist now.

“Albazino” town. Now it’s a village with just 400 people living there.

Astrakhan again.


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