National Geographic : 1914 Nov
Photo by Gilbert H.Grosvenor LOOKING TOWARD THE WATER FRONT OF THE OLD CITY OF NIZHNI-NOVGOROD,FROM THE FAIR GROUNDS The banks are crowded with river steamers and barges that have brought silks from Persia,great bales of cotton and madder from Bokhara, hides from Siberia, and oil from the Caspian. Behind are seen the domes and spires of several monasteries and churches. We visited one of the convents, where we found a beautiful garden with lovely walks beneath great trees. Thegardens are tended bythe nuns, who also work very industriously in embroidering vestments for the churches and patrons. We were present at vespers inthe convent which was attended by 200 nuns, all dressed in blackest of robes and ugly black head-coverings, with long black veils, while the services were conducted bytwo priests in gorgeous, richly embroidered golden robes.