The Garden Guide

Book: History of Garden Design and Gardening
Chapter: Chapter 3: European Gardens (500AD-1850)

Russian Cemetery Gardens

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467. Cemeteries. 'That of St. Petersburgh presents a more striking display of architectural taste, pure, inventive, and refined, than is elsewhere to be found.' (Ibid. vol. ii. p. 195.) There is a cemetery, at a short distance from Moscow, situated in a glade, in a birch forest, with numerous tombstones in the shape of sarcophagi. At Kiow there is one cemetery on the banks of the Dneiper (fig. 150.); and another near the column of St. Vladimir (fig. 151.), erected by Alexander, on the spot where the saint was baptized, for the purpose of commemorating the introduction of Christianity into Russia.