"Derbent, een stadt gelegen aen de Kaspische Zee / Derbent, Atropatiae, sive Minoris Mediae urbs…", Schenk, Pieter
Subject: Derbent, Russia
Period: 1702 (circa)
Publication: Hecatompolis, sive Totius Orbis Terrarum…
Color: Hand Color
10 x 8.5 inches
25.4 x 21.6 cm
This is a rare view of Derbent from Schenk's important town atlas. Located on the Caspian Sea, Derbent is the southern-most city in Russia, and claims to be the oldest city in Russia. The Latin title at bottom mentions the legendary Gates of Alexander, a barrier supposedly built by Alexander the Great in the Caucasus to keep the uncivilized barbarians of the north from invading the land to the south.