To the south, the Volga, with its steep banks, bounded the prospect, while the Tartar villages in the foreground, with their singularly-built mosques, seemed to invite a visit. One of the latter was a curiously-fashioned little edifice (as may be seen in the engraving given below), in its construction totally unlike any other building I ever saw. The effect of the scene was completed by the sun mos t opportunely rising, as it were, out of the steppe, tipping spire and dome, until we ourselves felt its genial influence.
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Sears, Robert. An Illustrated Description of the Russian Empire. New York: Robert Sears, 1855