Impressive description of the Russian baths in the «Carpenter's stories» Vasily Belov.
«In the bath was already bitter heat. Kamenka blazed a powerful heat... Coals gold, red, ïîòóõàÿ, and fly cant ñëåçèëñÿ âûòîïëåííîé resin...».
But here's the pipe is closed. Together with the author we admire the faint glimmer of coal, ïîäåðíóòûõ ash-grey hair.
«Probably, " writes Vasily Belov, " there is nothing better in the world of cool dressing room, where the smell of scorched pine and bitter stagnant heat. Summer, green, still hot, dry, but full of smells June birch broom. Earth, îòòàÿâøåé under the floor of the Kamenka river. Some native antiquity. Melting snow cold...»
With a thin knowledge of the author describes the Russian lavatory «Odyssey». First off our shoes, slightly warm. Then on the shelves in a dry, light and smooth fever, shivering from the subcutaneous cold. First test - pitcher of water in the heater. «Boulders responded short and powerful noise... stove roared, dry, intolerable heat of the gently burning up the skin. I scalded broom, desperately climbed to the top of the shelves and suddenly turned to Greek: all in the world ïåðåêóâûðíóëîñü, and all of the acquired another, more widely, the value of».
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Moscow without a bath - not Moscow
V.A. Gilyarovsky, the famous «uncle Ãèëÿé», in the book «Moscow and Muscovites», wrote: «Moscow without bath - not Moscow!». In the luxury of the sandunovsky baths baths, notes Gilyarovsky, ïåðåáûâàëà and ãðèáîåäîâñêàÿ, and Pushkinskaya Moscow, the one that was in the passenger compartment Zinaida Volkonskaya in the English club. Leading the story of the baths, the writer quotes the words of the old actor Ivan Alekseevich Grigorovsky: «And Pushkin saw... he loved hot steam!»
Today the famous Ñàíäóíîâñêèì baths, where with great pleasure I go not only Muscovites, but also guests of the capital, including from foreign countries, more than 167 years! Even before construction of the luxurious baths nearby, in the Kuznetsk a number of (then called the current Kuznetsky most) of the river Neglinnaya, have long been the bath. Logs are renowned for their excellent ferry. Water for washing delivered with the help of «crane» right out of the river. A rampaging in 1737, the Moscow fire left from these baths, as well as from many other buildings, only the charred pipes. And here in the ashes of the burned baths famous actors Petrovsky theatre spouses Ñàíäóíîâû, having received the inheritance, was built in 1806 stone bath. With great artistic taste, comfort. Not less popular now, especially among athletes, Central baths were built much later, in 1891.