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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For «fortress and the health of the body»
Speaking about the Russian bath, want to come back to the treatise of Antonio Nunez Ðèáåðî Sanchez. Sanchez writes about Russian baths as of äðàãîöåííåéøåì wellbeing, which could lead to a «fortress and the health of the body,» not only in Russia. So, in fact, happened. Russian baths began to spread throughout the world. So, for example, after the campaign of Napoleon to Russia, its destruction and the entry of Russian troops in Western European countries our baths were built in France, Germany, and Switzerland. Even in the XVIII century the sauna at our sample were to do in London and new York.
What is, according to Sanchez, the superiority of Russian bathhouse? Antonio Nunez Ðèáåðî writes that although there are no luxury of Roman baths, but «the Russians are produced in the same room what the Romans did, and the Turks and the inhabitants of the Eastern and now is done in four or five.» But the most important advantage, emphasizes Sanchez, is how amenable to par. In the Russian sauna steam is injected with the help of the Kamenka river, which formed the hot stones. Wanted to hot - splashed water in the heater. «This renewal of vapor repaired through every five minutes. ...In the Roman, Turkish bath steam goes out because poured over the hot floor, under which pass pipes. But as they do not ïåðåìåíÿþòñÿ fresh air, then easily you can conclude that these baths have disadvantages, which in Russian ñèâñåì averted».