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General City Information

Yuriev Monastery

Yuriev Monastery

One of the oldest Russian settlements, mentioned in chronicles as early as 859, Novgorod served alongside Kiev as second largest trade center of the old Russian States. With the name literally meaning New Town, Novgorod is situated on the bank of the river Volchov, between St. Petersburg and Moscow somewhat at a distance of 250 km from St. Petersburg.

Exempted from the destruction of Mongolian yoke, Novgorod remained a center of an Independent Russian State of Russian North. In the beginning of the 18th century Novgorod became part of the St. Peterburg’s Region. With the latter taking the place of the chief northern trade center, the town of Novgorod went into decline.

View of Veliky Novgorod

View of Veliky Novgorod

The modern region of Novgorod was established in 1944, after the town was released from the two-year German occupation. During this period the town had been destroyed to a large extent. Today the town and its surrounding villages have a population of 750,000 people.

The Palace Tower of Kremlin

The Palace Tower of Kremlin

Novgorod region is the lake district of Russia. Lakes such as Seliger, Velje, Valdajskoe, provide a recreational opportunities for many Russians.

Monument to the Millennium of Russia

Monument to the Millennium of Russia

Despite the effects of German occupation, the region has saved its historical and cultural heritage of old northern Russia. The roots of its great folklore tradition go back into the pre- Christian time.

To its visitor Novgorod is offering more than 50 objects of the old-Russian architecture of the 11th—17th century. The history of Novgorod’s cathedrals, monasteries and fortresses is tragic and beautiful at the same time. Novgorod’s icon painting, the legendary frescos and the unique archaeological discoveries rank amongst world’s cultural heritage.

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