Celebration of the 900th anniversary of the baptism of Russia in Kiev on July 15, 1888

Celebration of the 900th anniversary of the baptism of Russia in Kiev on July 15, 1888, when Vladimir, the monument, the crowd, the steamer, the air, through, again, the sun, the people, just, the shore, the dog, soon, cross, because, the shore, paint must back

Figure from the magazine "World Illustration" for 1888.
“RED SUN.
Celebration of the 900th anniversary of the baptism of Russia in Kiev on July 15, 1888
Early in the morning, at about 7 o'clock, the monotonous strike of the bell began to be heard. He woke me up. Byl is a wonderful cloudless day. While I was lying in bed, I heard the cheerful sounds of a military march that made me jump and start to dress quickly. The sounds were coming. I walked over to the window and saw soldiers with brass instruments marching down the street. Ten minutes later, when the march fell silent, new sounds of military music were heard — another regiment was marching.
Celebration of the 900th anniversary of the baptism of Russia in Kiev on July 15, 1888, when Vladimir, the monument, the crowd, the steamer, the air, through, again, the sun, the people, just, the shore, the dog, soon, cross, because, the shore, paint must back

Although it was early, but I left the house, fearing that the crowd would not allow me to get in time to the place where the holy water should be performed.
Indeed, the streets were already crowded with people. All went to the Dnieper. Elegant Kiev residents or, as they call themselves, the mallets roared with their starched blue, pink and white dresses, accompanied by washed and handsome cavaliers. There was not a sad face.Waiting for the triumph on all the stamp of some special festive energy. Cab drivers are no longer visible at all - they were dismantled. The sun continued to shine cheerfully, playing on the bayonets of the soldiers, who near the barracks made guns and goats, waiting for them to be ordered to move. It was felt that the day would be hot. And so that the color collars were not contaminated by sweat, the soldiers temporarily covered them with paper and tied them with handkerchiefs, which made them look ridiculous.
On Khreshchatyk people literally crowded. Two streams, on both sidewalks, quickly walked motley crowd. The general movement fascinated me, and I kept up with everyone. The farther, the crowd became thicker and thicker.
Celebration of the 900th anniversary of the baptism of Russia in Kiev on July 15, 1888, when Vladimir, the monument, the crowd, the steamer, the air, through, again, the sun, the people, just, the shore, the dog, soon, cross, because, the shore, paint must back

Khreshchatyk is one of the most beautiful streets of Kiyev. However, she could do honor to any capital. Kievans did not care to decorate it with flowers and garlands, as it was in the arrival of the Sovereign. Only the Duma put up a shield with a green cross and with the number 900. But the flags flapped over their heads - red, white and blue. Shops were locked. The street had a solemn look.
Descending the Alexandrovsky Descent, I went to the pier. Despite the crowd, order was exemplary.Having shown my ticket issued to me from the bureau of the city government, I stepped on the deck of the steamer Mighty.
Celebration of the 900th anniversary of the baptism of Russia in Kiev on July 15, 1888, when Vladimir, the monument, the crowd, the steamer, the air, through, again, the sun, the people, just, the shore, the dog, soon, cross, because, the shore, paint must back

The steamer was spacious because the steamer was urban, not private. The whole squadron of steamboats a few minutes away from the coast, and we were placed not far from the wooden chapel with a yellow, not gold-plated cross, built on the bank of the Dnieper against the monument to the Baptism, for the upcoming water blessing.
The majestic picture unfolded before me. The sun was already quite high in the completely immaculate azure sky. On the right, on a steep hill, a monument to St. Vladimir with a cross in his hand. The green slopes of the mountains seemed alive from the people crowding in on them. First, an order was made not to let the people on the slopes. But when the people began to arrive, the order was canceled, perhaps because there was no power to bring it into execution - the crowd consisted of at least 40,000 people. - and now the festival suddenly acquired an unusually grandiose and picturesque view. These mountains could be compared with colossal bouquets of flowers.
Celebration of the 900th anniversary of the baptism of Russia in Kiev on July 15, 1888, when Vladimir, the monument, the crowd, the steamer, the air, through, again, the sun, the people, just, the shore, the dog, soon, cross, because, the shore, paint must back

Behind the chapel at the bottom of the mountain, which in ancient times was called Chortov-Beremishchem, because there was a temple of Slavic Jupiter on it,the golden god Perun, - a canopy, a pavilion for the honored guests was arranged, and from it, towards the monument to St. Vladimir, stretched a huge stage for 4 000 spectators. The stage was filled with people and was in constant motion - everyone was looking for their places. Finally, they calmed down little by little.
It took a quarter of an hour, half an hour passed, an hour passed. The sun was rising and scorching with its, almost sheer, rays thousands of crowd. The vividness of the impression made on me by the brilliant picture and all this unusual setting gradually began to fade.
Celebration of the 900th anniversary of the baptism of Russia in Kiev on July 15, 1888when, Vladimir, the monument, the crowd, the steamer, the air, through, again, the sun, the people, just, the shore, the dog, soon, cross, because the shore, the paint, must, back

In the boredom of waiting, it was painful to spend hours motionless under the burning sun - as it seemed, endless hours. Attention for time woke up only when the military march began to play, and but on the bank of the Dnieper, between the stage on one side and the troops on the other, the Governor-General Drentheln, a stout, short, old man in Andrew ribbons and in gray fur, rode with his retinue hat. He greeted the soldiers and galloped back - to meet the clergy procession with Metropolitan Platon at the head, which, but most likely, was already moving towards the Dnieper, at the end of the service in the monastery.
However, I had to wait a long time. Again the languor of boredom, again the living paints of a gorgeous picture suddenly shed from the heat of the sun! There was no wind. The silence was dead. The order in all exemplary. The eye craved diversity; the unique sight, which from the steamer seemed particularly majestic, began to seem mundane, uninteresting.
Celebration of the 900th anniversary of the baptism of Russia in Kiev on July 15, 1888, when Vladimir, the monument, the crowd, the steamer, the air, through, again, the sun, the people, just, the shore, the dog, soon, cross, because, the shore, paint must back

Therefore, on the steamer, everyone revived when a dog dropped into the water from the shore and could not get out of it in any way. Binoculars headed for her, she aroused universal sympathy. She went to the bottom. Oh, poor thing! .. But here the dog again appeared on the surface of the water. The policeman standing on the shore grabbed her by the collar and threw her on the sand. Thank God, the dog is saved!
So it must have passed a whole hour, which seemed to me eternity. Never before, during this summer, did the sun burn so cruelly in Kiev. Undoubtedly, today it was the most festive, blindingly festive ...
A strange dull pain is felt in the brain, in the mouth is dry. On the steamer in the buffet, they had already drunk all the lemonade, all the seltzer water. There is only brandy with ice, and that will not be soon. I was served plain water, but it seemed bitter to the taste.
Meanwhile, the bright colors of the mountains littered with people shed more and more - they merged into some kind of sparkling tone, the outlines of the objects began to shiver, and I saw how the dark silhouette of the monument to St. Paul glistens slightly in the air. Vladimir
Celebration of the 900th anniversary of the baptism of Russia in Kiev on July 15, 1888, when Vladimir, the monument, the crowd, the steamer, the air, through, again, the sun, the people, just, the shore, the dog, soon, cross, because, the shore, paint must back

But what is there on the mountain? I make an effort over myself, drive away the nightmare cast on me by intolerable heat, and look through binoculars: near the monument to St. Vladimir has already sparkled the crosses and banners of the religious procession. Four huge censers smoked around the monument, and their light smoke rose upward in a column-like spiral.
For about half an hour the procession of the clergy continued. Their robes gleamed in the sun, a light cloud of smoke and dust enveloped the procession, and silver and gold banners hung in the air above it. Slowly, with singing, solemn echoes of which came to us on the steamer, the procession entered the square in front of the chapel.
Celebration of the 900th anniversary of the baptism of Russia in Kiev on July 15, 1888, when Vladimir, the monument, the crowd, the steamer, the air, through, again, the sun, the people, just, the shore, the dog, soon, cross, because, the shore, paint must back

I bared my head. But as soon as I took off my hat, following the example of my neighbor, I put a handkerchief dipped in water on the crown, like a sunny nightmare again covered my vision with a quivering luminous haze. For a second, I lost consciousness.
My acquaintance, who was on the steamer, took me down to the cabin, where, having put a piece of ice on my heart, I soon recovered, although, however, I felt unwell two days later.
When I got to the deck, it was all over - the procession was gone, the stage was empty, the music was playing in the distance “Kohl is nice.” The steamer started off and we landed on the beach where we learned that Drentheln had died, struck on horseback with an apoplexy strike.
Celebration of the 900th anniversary of the baptism of Russia in Kiev on July 15, 1888, when Vladimir, the monument, the crowd, the steamer, the air, through, again, the sun, the people, just, the shore, the dog, soon, cross, because, the shore, paint must back

The life of a person, a minute before vigorous and healthy, also soon went out, as this holiday of the 900th anniversary of the baptism of Russia went out, as the smoke of censers smoked around the monument to St. Vladimir, nicknamed Red-Sun, disappeared in the air.
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