This beautiful Bird's-eye View of Sevastopol and the West Coast of Crimea is an original steel engraving. It was published in 1856 in the "Illustrierte Zeitung". It shows the Sevastopol - capital of the Crimea - during the Siege of the city in the Crimean War in great detail. It shows bulidings like the library and churches as well as military defense lines. On the reverse side of the engraving are some of the News of January 1st 1856. It would look even more beautiful when framed in a simple frame.
The Siege of Sevastopol (Sebastopol) lasted from September 1854 until September 1855, during the Crimean War. The allies - French, Ottoman, and British - landed at Eupatoria on 14 September 1854, intending to make a triumphal march to Sevastopol, the capital of the Crimea, with 50,000 men. The 56-kilometre (35 mi) traverse took a year of fighting against the Russians. Sevastopol is one of the classic sieges of all time. The city of Sevastopol was the home of the Tsar's Black Sea Fleet, which threatened the Mediterranean. The Russian field army withdrew before the allies could encircle it. The siege was the culminating struggle for the strategic Russian port in 1854–1855 and was the final episode in the Crimean War.
Published : Leipzig, Germany 1856
Size : circa 22 x 15 3/4 inches
Condition: Very good condition with nice color and light tanning giving it a vintage look.
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