Viatka Province


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 Viatka Province, located in the western part of the empire. Viatka (present-day Kirov), the administrative center of the province, is situated on the Viatka River. It was founded in 1181 by traders from Novgorod. The card indicates that the distance from Viatka to St. Petersburg was 1,431¾ versts, and from Viatka to Moscow, 931½ versts. A verst is a Russian measurement of distance, no longer used, equal to 1.0668 kilometers.

Last updated: May 24, 2017