a terrace or gallery surrounding a building and usually located at the level of the ceiling over the ground floor. The gul’bishche was widespread in Russian religious architecture of the 16th and 17th centuries, but it appeared occasionally in civil architecture as well (for example, the Terem Palace in the Kremlin in Moscow, built by A. Kon-stantinov, B. Ogurtsov, L. M. Ushakov, and T. Sharutin, 1635–36).


In early Russian architecture, a terrace which surrounds a building.