University of Washington Libraries dataset describing Aleksandr Nevskii Lavra

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thing being described property for describing the thing value of the property [1] [2] "Sviato-Troitskaia Aleksandro-Nevskaia Lavra"@ru [3] "Holy Trinity Aleksandr Nevskii Lavra"@en [4] "Aleksandr Nevskii Lavra"@en [5] [6] "1700" "1720" [7][8] [9] "193167, Naberezhnaia reki Monastyrki, 1" [10] "Peter the Great contributed to this resource as founder (originator)." "This gate is the entrance to the main complex. (Isachenko, 2002; photo caption, 75) Sources differ in determination of an exact date for the founding of the Monastery. But the Lavra website states that in 1712 Peter I assigned to Archimandrite Feodosii the task of building the Monastery. (" "Ianovskii, Arkhimandrit Feodosii contributed to this resource as organizer." [11]

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[2] Note that the property used to describe the thing is also named using a URI.

[3] The thing being described is the same in every row, so the URI for the "thing being described" repeats each time.

[4] Name/Title #2 of 3 for the thing being described.

[5] This is the third name or title for the thing being described; note the use of language tags to denote the language of the name.

[6] Note that in this row the "value of the property" is a URI; in this case it is the URI for one of the "creators" of the building (Peter the Great), a description of whom can be found at the URI used for his name. At present you will find that that URI dereferences, or links to, a page that describes the dataset that contains a description of Peter the Great (not to the description itself). There is a link in that document to the actual dataset,, where you have to scroll down, or use the browser's "Find" utility, to view assertions about Peter the Great.

[7] This "triple" says that (1) the thing being described, (2) is an instance of (3) the class of things known as a "Work" (according to the VRA ontology).

[8] This is the worktype with the label "monasteries (built complexes)." This is a label, or heading, taken directly out of the Art and Architecture Thesaurus (AAT); there is a complete set of assertions offered by the AAT for this heading at

[9] This is one last assertion that the thing being described is a particular type of thing or, otherwise stated, an instance of a particular class; in this case, the thing being described is an instance of the class Physical Object. For more information about that class, follow the URI to a description of the class.

[10] A description of the location requires 4 assertions: (1) the street address, (2) the name of the city, Saint Petersburg, (3) The name of the oblast, Leningradskaia, (4) The name of the country, Russia Federation. All of that requires 4 rows in this table.

[11] This row is the assertion of a relation between the thing being described and the thing descibed at <>; in this case it is asserted that the thing being described here is exactly the same as the thing described there. This constitutes the "link" of "linked data."