They are all of great length, width, and beauty ; but the finest every way, and the greatest thoroughfare of the city, is the Nevskoi Prospekt, which is two miles long, and one hundred and fifty feet in width, and has a double carriage-way, with footpaths paved with granite, or avenues shaded with lime-trees. Beyond the Fontanka canal, both on the south and east, and bounded in the former direction by the city fosse, and on the latter by the main stream of the Neva, is a large space, almost entirely covered with buildings, and forming, in addition to the thr ee Admiralty sections already mentioned, the Narva, Karetznoi, Kojestvenskoi, and Foundry quarters. Considerably to the east, on the right bank of the river, may be seen the large villages of Great and Little Okhta.
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Sears, Robert. An Illustrated Description of the Russian Empire. New York: Robert Sears, 1855