The Seps Relief. XII century Paris. The Louvre.
Saura — Sunlizard Miniature. Manus — cript of the LPL.Lat.Q.v .III, N 1, f. 49 Saura-Sunlizard /saura/ 10×2.5 cm The tale of the sunny lizard originated from the Greek “Physiologus”. As it grows old, the lizard creeps out through a chink in a fence overlooking the east. Upon turning its blind eyes to the rising…Details
The text about the stellio-triton is taken from Isidore /XII.IV.38/. Its skin is covered with star-like spots. Its appearance alone gets the scorpion stunned. Referring to Pliny and Avicenna, Albert the Great /XXV.II.48/ says that the antidote for the stellio’s poison is the meat of a scorpion.
The text about the three “natures” of the serpent is traced back to Greek “Physiologus”, though it does not include the traditional quotation from the Gospel /Matthew, 10:16/, and in the bestiaries of the 12th century it is placed in the section about snakes in keeping with the zoological classification that was taking shape in…Details
Gulls on the river Volga.
The Volga River is the longest river in Europe, about 2,300 miles (3,700 km). It originates at an elevation of only 740 feet (225 m) in the Valday Hills northwest of Moscow, connects with the Rybinsk Reservoir. The river heads east past Yaroslavl, Nizhny Novgorod and Kazan. From there it turns south past Samara and…Details
POETRY OF TRUTH AND PASSION Jalil never kept a diary. “I don’t feel inclined to and I cannot and will not make myself keep one,” he once said. But when he left Kazan for the frontlines early in 1942, he felt an urge to entrust his feelings and thoughts to paper. The result, as he…Details
The western coast of the Karelian Isthmus — famed for its picturesque landscape and mild climate — has been the Saint Petersburg Zone of Health Resorts since 1946. The pleasure of bathing in the waters of the Gulf of Finland, the splendid beaches, the pine forests with their pure and balmy air, the coastal terraces…Details
Saint Petersburg. The Summer Gardens The Alvdalen porphyry vase. 1839
Saint Petersburg. The Summer Gardens The Rossi walk
Saint Petersburg. The Summer Gardens The Neva walk
Saint Petersburg. The Summer Gardens Main avenue
Saint Petersburg. The Summer Gardens Sculptor: P. Baratta. “Peace and Abundance”. 1722
Saint Petersburg. The Summer Gardens Small gates of the railings on the Neva side
Saint Petersburg. The Summer Gardens Statues adorning the walks
Saint Petersburg. The Summer Gardens Architects: Y. Velten and P. Yegorov The grille on the Neva side. 1784
Saint Petersburg. The Summer Gardens Autumn
Saint Petersburg. The Summer Gardens View of the Coffee-house from the Fontanka River
Saint Petersburg. The Summer Gardens Architect:C. Rossi. The Coffee-house (the Rossi Pavilion). 1826
Saint Petersburg. The Summer Gardens Statues of the main avenue
Saint Petersburg. The Summer Gardens Autumn leaves