General Map of Volhynia Province: Showing Postal and Major Roads, Stations and the Distance in Versts between Them


This 1820 map of Volhynia Province is from a larger work, Geograficheskii atlas Rossiiskoi imperii, tsarstva Pol'skogo i velikogo kniazhestva Finliandskogo (Geographical atlas of the Russian Empire, the Kingdom of Poland, and the Grand Duchy of Finland), containing 60 maps of the Russian Empire. Compiled and engraved by Colonel V.P. Piadyshev, it reflects the detailed mapping carried out by Russian military cartographers in the first quarter of the 19th century. The map shows population centers (five gradations by size), postal stations, taverns, roads (four types), state, provincial and district borders, and customs outposts. Distances are shown in versts, a Russian measure, now no longer used, equal to 1.07 kilometers. Legends and place-names are in Russian and Polish. In Roman times, Goths and Vandals settled in what became Volhynia. In later centuries, it may have been within Hungarian and Bohemian lands. By the tenth century, parts of the Volhynia region fell to Prince Vladimir of Kievan Rus’. The region remained within the political orbit of Rus’ until the 14th century, when Volhynia was split between Poland and the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. The Russian Empire absorbed the whole area after the Third Partition of Poland in 1795, after which it was named Volhynia Province.  The province of Volhynia is today in Ukraine, located in the northwestern part of the country.

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Military Topographical Depot, Saint Petersburg, Russia

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Генеральная Карта Волынской Губернiи Съ показанiемъ почтовыхъ и большихъ проѣзжихъ дорогъ, станцiй и разстоянiя между оными верстъ

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1 map ; 40 x 38 centimeters


  • Scale 1:400,000

Last updated: October 30, 2015