Illustrated Description Of Russia

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Yakoutsk, the capital of this government, is situated on the Lena, about eleven hundred and fifty miles northeast of Irkoutsk, and has all the character of the cold and gloomy north. It stands on a barren flat, near the river. The streets are wide, but the houses and cottages are poor in appearance, and surrounded by tall wooden fences. Here are fivechurches, a convent, a stone building (gostinoi dvor) for commercial purposes, and an old wooden fortress with its ruined tower, built in 1647, by the Cossack conquerors of Siberia. The town has, however, undergone great improvements in the last forty years. The Yakute huts have been replaced by substantial houses ; the windows of ice, or talc, have given way to glass in the better class of houses, and the more wealthy inhabitants begin to have higher rooms, larger windows, double doors, &c.

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Sears, Robert. An Illustrated Description of the Russian Empire. New York: Robert Sears, 1855