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

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.

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

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

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

Astrakhan again.

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

More Astrakhan.

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

More Astrakhan.

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

Berezov city totally destroyed by fire, not existing now.

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

Verkhoturie town. Small town now too – just 8,000 live there.

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

Map of the great Russian Volga river.

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

Yeniseysk town near Krasnoyarsk, in Siberia. Now population is 18,000.

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

Irkutsk city is pretty big now – 600,000 population.

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

Kamensky canon factory is the first Siberia factory that made canons and melted iron.

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

Krasnoyarsk city. Now is very big – over 1,000,000 Russian people inhabit the city. In Siberia too.

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

Kuznetsk, now known as Novokuznetsk – also a very large city in Siberia with population over 1,300,000 people.

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

Narym town. Now just a village with 800 people living.

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

Nerchinsk town in Siberia near the Baikal lake. Now population is 14,000 people.

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

Pelym town, was a first town after Ural mountains on the Tsar Road to Siberia. Now it’s just a very small village with just 75 people live there!

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

Perekop city in Crimea. Was always popular due to its strategic location on mountains in Crimea but was totally destroyed in 1920 due to conflinct in Russian Civil War. Doesn’t exist now at all.

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

Pustozersk city. Doesn’t exist now too. Was first Russian city inside Polar Circle. Was a strategic post in Siberia explroation. Was fully abandoned by 1962. Pity.

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

Tara town in Siberia. Has a population of 28,000 now.

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

Tobolsk city in Siberia. Was a central piece in Siberia exploration. As you can see from those pics it was a large city there. Was accepted as central city in Siberia in 15th,16th and 18th centuries.

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

Tobolsk again, it was a Siberia capital since 18th century – capital of Siberia Government – which was from Ural to Pacific Ocean. Since 19th century became less and less popular because of changes of trade routes etc. However oil and gas reserves of Siberia gave it new life. Now population is around 100,000.

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

Tura town. Now pretty much large village of 5,000 people.

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

Turukhansk town, now a village. Was a central trade post on a trade route. Now just a village of 4500 people. Lost its status of a city recently.

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

Tyumen city. Was a first Russian city in Siberia. It’s a big city now too – 700,000 people. Center and intersection of Siberian railways.

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

And the last bot not least Yakutsk city on the Lena river. Not the smallest town in Russia now too – 300,000 people. The biggest city in the world located in permafrost area.

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