Vilnius Province

Description

This early-19th century playing card is from a set of 60 such cards, each devoted to a different province or territory of the Russian Empire, which at the time included the Grand Duchy of Finland, Congress Poland, and Russian America. One side of each card shows the local costume and the provincial coat of arms; the other side contains a map. This card depicts Vilnius Province, part of present-day Lithuania. Russia acquired the territory of Vilnius Province after the third partition of Poland, in 1795. Vil'no (now Vilnius), the administrative center of the province and the capital of present-day Lithuania, is situated on the Vilnia River. The card indicates that the distance from Vil'no to St. Petersburg was 789 versts, and from Vil'no to Moscow, 875¾ versts. A verst is a Russian measurement of distance, no longer used, equal to 1.0668 kilometers.

Last updated: October 17, 2011