Map of Slaughterhouse

Map of Slaughterhouse


At 65 Zabalkansky Prospekt


Map of Slaughterhouse

Banner of the Butchers' Guild


Founded in 1787
Lev Tolstoy describes the work inside the slaughterhouse in the following account from "First Step".

"As soon as they have finished with the oxen of one owner, they start with the cattle of another. The first animal from the party of the other owner was not an ox, but a bull. Thoroughbred, handsome, black with white marks and white legs - a young, muscular energetic animal. They pulled it in; it lowered its head down and braced itself stubbornly. But when the butcher went behind it and, like a machinist tugging on a whistle, took his tail, twisted it, with the cartilage cracking, the bull tore forward, trampling the men who were holding it, and again braced itself, staring sidelong through its bloodshot eyes. But again the butcher cracked his tail, and the bull ran to exactly where he was wanted. The butcher went up to him, aimed and struck. The blow fell off-mark. The bull jumped, rolled his head, roared and all covered in blood, tore away and threw himself backwards. Everyone standing near the doors jumped aside. But these experienced butchers with a swaggering, well-trained sense of danger promptly seized the rope, then his tail and again the bull entered the room where they drew its head under a beam from under which it couldn't be pulled out again. The butcher promptly aimed at that little place where a star of fur tufted out and despite the blood, found the spot, struck, and the beautiful, full life of the animal was destroyed and was beaten out of its head, legs while they drained its blood and cut off the head."

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