Discover Novgorod Russia

125 miles south of St. Petersburg is Novgorod, one of Russia's oldest cities. Founded in the 9th century, it was the main settling place for the Vikings, then for three centuries became the capital city of an independent state ruled by a public assembly, the Veche. In the 14th century, the city went through a period of tremendous expansion in commerce, culture and the arts, which can be seen in the superb Byzantine style icons and churches. From the 15th century onwards it was attached to the State of Muscovy and its influence declined. Make sure to visit the majestic Saint Sophia's Cathedral, the Faceted Palace and the Novgorod Museum of History, all within the Kremlin walls. On the other side of the river, in the old merchant district, don't miss the Church of the Transfiguration of Our Saviour, with its beautiful frescoes by Theophanes the Greek. The best vantage point from which to admire these wonders is the footbridge over the Volkhov River.

  • Novgorod , Russia
    Novgorod

    About 125 miles south of St. Petersburg, Novgorod is one of Russia's oldest cities. Founded in the 9th century, it was the main settlement of the Vikings.

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    Novgorod
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