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 Voronezh Province, located in the western part of the empire. Voronezh, the administrative center of the province, is situated on the Voronezh River, above its confluence with the Don. Voronezh was founded in 1586 as a fortress. The card indicates that the distance from Voronezh to St. Petersburg was 1,220½ versts, and from Voronezh to Moscow, 500¾ 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: May 24, 2017