Imperiia: a spatial history of the Russian EmpireMain MenuAboutDashboardsData CatalogMapStoriesGalleriesGamesWho said history was boring?Map ShelfTeach Our ContentCiting the ProjectKelly O'Neilldc20b45f1d74122ba0d654d19961d826c5a557f5The Imperiia Project // Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Harvard University
12021-01-26T13:16:00-05:00Kelly O'Neilldc20b45f1d74122ba0d654d19961d826c5a557f593Baedeker locationplain2021-01-28T13:45:31-05:0053.5303, 49.3461Kelly O'Neilldc20b45f1d74122ba0d654d19961d826c5a557f5The Zhigulev Hills are picturesque, just as Baedeker says. Steep limestone faces covered in lime and oak rise sharply from the water on the right bank, up hundreds of feet. In an effort to make the effect even more dramatic, ravines slice the landscape, creating the recesses where infamous hordes of robbers used to wait to prey on precious cargo coming up from Astrakhan.
Here at Stavropol the Volga turns due east, heading into the bow.