The Imperiia Project: a spatial history of the Russian Empire


The Zhigulev Hills are picturesque, just as Baedeker says. Steep limestone faces covered in lime and oak rise sharply from the water on the right bank, up hundreds of feet. In an effort to make the effect even more dramatic, ravines slice the landscape, creating the recesses where infamous hordes of robbers used to wait to prey on precious cargo coming up from Astrakhan.

Here at Stavropol the Volga turns due east, heading into the bow. 

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