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On the Vltava river

About this ban the Renaissance in Europe you get a live performance, after reading a fascinating novel Dr. . It provides pictures of the Czech Republic the beginning of the XVII century. Among his heroes outstanding scientists - astronomers Tycho Brahe and Johannes Kepler, a wonderful doctor Yang .

On pages of the novel we find a description of the Royal bath in Prague on the Vltava river, near the Stone bridge. Here are some interesting fragments of the novel, giving representation about the baths.

When and Brahe entered in the bath, they immediately fell over the cloud of hot steam. In a thick fog quickly scurried back and forth guys with buckets. They brought the cold water and put it in boilers, arranged in a row. stopped in the doorway, interested in the work of the . Two guys naked naked huge iron pincers with a wooden handle removed from the furnaces of large, white-hot stones and threw them to the boilers. The water in boilers hissed like a snake, and a head disappeared in a cloud of steam. From time to time one of the guys put his hand into the water and tried to whether or not it is hot. When it seemed to him that the water is ready, he nodded called his partner, and together they removed the stones from the boiler and lay on the stone floor, where the stones immediately dried up. Then put the stones back in the oven. Meanwhile the other guys, which were only leather aprons Yes shoes with wooden soles scoop buckets of hot water and it was in an enormous room, intended for washing, - there was heard the chatter and laughter.

The king's baths different one peculiarity: if in other baths visitors washed by two in one the tub, then here, each had their own, and it was luxury.

put two tubs next, and two others - on the contrary, so that was next to Tycho Brahe, and - with Kepler. Now they have seen each other and able to talk.

The water was warm, but even nicer were concerns lovers: he red-rubbed each washcloth, and then how it should be slapped all over her shoulders and back.

With Brahe already flowing streams of sweat, but the old scientist only approvingly groaned. He suffered from a disease of the kidney, and the warm water was affecting him very beneficial: the pain immediately disappeared. When Ter him, and lashing, he moaned and sighed, but when this was smiling.

When you finished with this procedure, left and returned in a moment, carrying four short smooth boards, which he placed on the edge of the vats.

What is it? Why? - asked , still not knowing the local customs. - This table, explained the Tycho Brahe.

- And on the tables will appear then that should be on them to be, " laughed , had already managed quietly wink .

immediately brought a pitcher of excellent by IU of wine and filled his four pewter goblet.

thus, scientists are again able to talk about things that all of them were interested in.


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In front of me, the most curious historical document: the Detailed description of the trip Holstein Embassy in Muscovy and Persia. Its author Adam Olearius (), German scientist and traveler, in 1633 year visited Moscow. Then in 1635-1639 years made a journey through Russia in Persia. Olearius wrote that the Russians believed the false-Dimitrii for the stranger, because he was not fond of baths, which in Russia is so common that there is not a single city or a village, in which there would be no steam bath, public or private.

A visit to one of the baths Astrakhan, Olearius notes: the Russians can make extraordinary heat, and in the bath, lying on the shelves, told to beat myself and RUB my body hot birch brooms, which I could not bear; then, when the heat they shall be all red... they run out all naked and poured cold water; in the winter same, jumped out of the bath, they are lying in the snow, rubbed his body, as if the soap, and then, thus, re-enter in a hot bath. As the baths they usually are arranged by the rivers or streams, the washable at them from the heat of the right thrown in the cold water.

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