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


This 1821 map of Minsk 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 (six gradations by size), monasteries, inns, postal stations, roads (four types), and borders (provincial, district). 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. The territory depicted on the map is in present-day Belarus. The history of Minsk can be traced back to the 11th century, when it was part of the Principality of Polotsk. Minsk was spared the Mongol invasion that devastated neighboring Kievan Rus’ in the early 13th century. It subsequently became part of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. The Russian Empire absorbed the Minsk region after the Second Partition of Poland in 1793.

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Military Topographical Depot, Saint Petersburg

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Генеральная Карта Минской 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 1:1,050,000

Last updated: October 30, 2015