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 Ryazan Province, located in the western part of the empire. Ryazan', situated on the Oka River, was the administrative center of the province. It was founded in 1095, and is one of the oldest Russian cities. The card indicates that the distance from Ryazan' to St. Petersburg was 920 versts, and from Ryazan' to Moscow, 200¼ versts. A verst is a Russian measurement of distance, no longer used, equal to 1.0668 kilometers.
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9.5 x 6.5 centimeters. Color lithograph
Last updated: April 26, 2017