▓urried general conception of the ●endless city. For two hours our good li▓ttle horse draws us, gliding over bridges an▓d pikes, up and down hill, and when we retur▓n half frozen to the hotel we have ●seen scarce a fraction of the periphery, but▓ a thousand teams, with shaggy muzhiks ●in wicker sleighs, and, still more,● little country-houses of wood, whic
h might serv▓e in the West for summer cottages, but whic▓h offer an inviting shelter even her●e in the icy winter.The whole of Mo●scow is a complex of official municipal building▓s which are crowded together i▓nto the narrowest space, of churches and palaces▓ narrowly crowded about the Kremli●n, and of immense suburbs which lie in r●ings about the inner town.
But th▓ese suburbs have a half-count▓ry character—broad, uneven streets and low, vil●la-like houses, with little gardens.▓Little Mother Moscow gives her childr●en room.They do not have to crowd together in▓ usuriously paying tenements, ●and houses of more than one story are quite▓ the[Pg 262] exception.Even ●in the shadow of the Kremlin a parterr▓e for the
a gate of the high wall● surrounding the inner city Kitay-Goro▓d.But before we pass the gate let us cast a g▓lance at the peculiar doings in● the little chapel, scarcely bigger than a r●oom, which is built on its left side.It● is the Iberian chapel, with the famed image▓ of the Virgin to which the Czar pays his ●devotions before he enters the Kre▓mlin.[Pg 263] The original, with its gen●uine precious stones, is now in th▓e city, where for a fee it is brought to ●sick people.In the mean time ●a copy takes its place.At the time of the dail▓y excursions of the Virgin the gov