Right elevation and deck plan as depicted in Brassey's Naval Annual 1902
This class was a considerable advance on previous Russian armored cruisers. These ships were designed as fleet scouts rather than commerce raiders. The first pair were built in France and the second pair were built in Russia.
The new design was completely different from the three previous types of armored cruisers in Imperial Russian service. The Bayan had little more than half of the displacement (7,775 tons) with almost the same firepower and greater speed than her three predecessors.
Pallada, named after the Greek goddess Pallas Athena – built by the Admiralty Yard St Petersburg. Laid down 1905, launched 1906, commissioned 1911, served in the Baltic Fleet. Torpedoed and sunk with all hands 11 October 1914 by the German submarine U-26.