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    by AnnaHermans Written Aug 12, 2013
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    At the river next to the Kremlin it is possible to make a boattrip. On both sides they sell these trips. It takes one hour and you will the fortress of Rurik and several monastries and even a glimpse of lake Ilmen. You will have nice views. We payed 300 R each

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    The Cathedral of Saint Sophia, the Magdeburg Gates

    by Oleg_D. Written Apr 4, 2013

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    These gates were made in second part of XII century by German masters in the workshop of Bishop of Magdeburg Vichman according to order of Alexander the Bishop of Plozk (Plock) in Poland. How these gates appeared in Novgorod nobody knows. There are at least three absolutely different stories about how the gates appeared in Novgorod. Some researchers say that the gates were brought from Byzantine Empire by the Grand Duke of Kiev and Russia Vladimir the Red Sun which was impossible because he died before even these gates was made. Others say that the gates were captured from the Swedish city of Sigtuna in 1187. It is possible but the possibility is very thin. And thirds say that the gates were the gift of Archbishop of Plozk to Grand Duke of Novgorod in XV century. This story seems to me the most trustworthy because the Grand Duke of Novgorod in first part of XV century was Simeon Lingwen who was the brother of Polish King Wladyslaw Jagiello. Anyway, it doesn’t matter how but the gates made in Magdeburg are in the west wall of the Saint Sophia Cathedral in Novgorod and anybody can see that masterpiece of medieval German foundry. Skilful hands of German masters created the scenes from the Gospels on the leafs of those gates.

    Cathedral is open from 08:00 - 20:00, daily services are at 10:00 and 18:00.
    Admission of visitors after 12:00
    Admission free.

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    The Cathedral of Saint Sophia, the Magdeburg Gates

    by Oleg_D. Written Apr 4, 2013
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    These gates were made in second part of XII century by German masters in the workshop of Bishop of Magdeburg Vichman according to order of Alexander the Bishop of Plozk (Plock) in Poland. How these gates appeared in Novgorod nobody knows. There are at least three absolutely different stories about how the gates appeared in Novgorod. Some researchers say that the gates were brought from Byzantine Empire by the Grand Duke of Kiev and Russia Vladimir the Red Sun which was impossible because he died before even these gates was made. Others say that the gates were captured from the Swedish city of Sigtuna in 1187. It is possible but the possibility is very thin. And thirds say that the gates were the gift of Archbishop of Plozk to Grand Duke of Novgorod in XV century. This story seems to me the most trustworthy because the Grand Duke of Novgorod in first part of XV century was Simeon Lingwen who was the brother of Polish King Wladyslaw Jagiello. Anyway, it doesn’t matter how but the gates made in Magdeburg are in the west wall of the Saint Sophia Cathedral in Novgorod and anybody can see that masterpiece of medieval German foundry. Skilful hands of German masters created the scenes from the Gospels on the leafs of those gates.

    Cathedral is open from 08:00 - 20:00, daily services are at 10:00 and 18:00.
    Admission of visitors after 12:00
    Admission free.

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    The Cathedral of Saint Sophia, the Magdeburg Gates

    by Oleg_D. Written Apr 4, 2013

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    These gates were made in second part of XII century by German masters in the workshop of Bishop of Magdeburg Vichman according to order of Alexander the Bishop of Plozk (Plock) in Poland. How these gates appeared in Novgorod nobody knows. There are at least three absolutely different stories about how the gates appeared in Novgorod. Some researchers say that the gates were brought from Byzantine Empire by the Grand Duke of Kiev and Russia Vladimir the Red Sun which was impossible because he died before even these gates was made. Others say that the gates were captured from the Swedish city of Sigtuna in 1187. It is possible but the possibility is very thin. And thirds say that the gates were the gift of Archbishop of Plozk to Grand Duke of Novgorod in XV century. This story seems to me the most trustworthy because the Grand Duke of Novgorod in first part of XV century was Simeon Lingwen who was the brother of Polish King Wladyslaw Jagiello. Anyway, it doesn’t matter how but the gates made in Magdeburg are in the west wall of the Saint Sophia Cathedral in Novgorod and anybody can see that masterpiece of medieval German foundry. Skilful hands of German masters created the scenes from the Gospels on the leafs of those gates.
    Cathedral is open from 08:00 - 20:00, daily services are at 10:00 and 18:00.
    Admission of visitors after 12:00
    Admission free.

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    The Cathedral of Saint Sophia inside.

    by Oleg_D. Updated Apr 3, 2013

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    The Saint Sophia’s Cathedral was built between 1045 and 1050 inside the curtain walls of so called “Detinets” (the castle). It is one of the oldest stone structures of the North Russia. Its height is 38 meters. Originally it was two meters taller but for the past nine centuries the lower part of the building became concealed by the two meters thick cultural layer. The cathedral was built by Duke Vladimir Yaroslavich the son of the Grand Duke of Russia Yaroslav the Wise, and until the 1130s this principal church of the city also served as the sepulcher of Novgorodian Dukes. Since the city of Novgorod was the merchant republic the Dukes of Novgorod were not the monarchs but just hired military leaders and justiciars. So, the Dukes of Novgorod had two main functions defend the city and its citizens from the external enemies, provide peace, order and justice. If Dike failed to perform his duties in proper manner and citizens were displeased they could call for the Veche or the Assembly of the citizens and Veche could banish and expel Duke from the city. Even Alexander Nevsky was expelled from the Novgorod by the unpleased citizens.

    There are a lot of mural painting and icons inside of the Cathedral. Unfortunately photo is not allowed in the Cathedral as in majority of churches of Russian Orthodox Church. In fact, if you are not going to poke the priests and praying flock with the lens of your camera nobody will hit you or your camera. At worst somebody can say “no photo”. Then say “sorry” and that’s it.

    Cathedral is open from 08:00 - 20:00, daily services are at 10:00 and 18:00.
    Admission of visitors after 12:00
    Admission free.

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    The Cathedral of Saint Sophia of Novgorod

    by Oleg_D. Updated Apr 3, 2013

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    The Saint Sophia’s Cathedral was built between 1045 and 1050 inside the curtain walls of so called “Detinets” (the castle). It is one of the oldest stone structures of the North Russia. Its height is 38 meters. Originally it was two meters taller but for the past nine centuries the lower part of the building became concealed by the two meters thick cultural layer. The cathedral was built by Duke Vladimir Yaroslavich the son of the Grand Duke of Russia Yaroslav the Wise, and until the 1130s this principal church of the city also served as the sepulcher of Novgorodian Dukes. Since the city of Novgorod was the merchant republic the Dukes of Novgorod were not the monarchs but just hired military leaders and justiciars. So, the Dukes of Novgorod had two main functions defend the city and its citizens from the external enemies, provide peace, order and justice. If Dike failed to perform his duties in proper manner and citizens were displeased they could call for the Veche or the Assembly of the citizens and Veche could banish and expel Duke from the city. Even Alexander Nevsky was expelled from the Novgorod by the unpleased citizens.

    Cathedral is open from 08:00 - 20:00, daily services are at 10:00 and 18:00.
    Admission of visitors after 12:00

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    Paraskeva Pyatnitsa Church

    by fachd Written Jul 25, 2012

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    Paraskeva Pyatnitsa Church 1207 one of the churches on the Market Place in Yaroslav Court has not been painted. It is unusual compared to the other Novgorodian churches in the area. The stone church replaced the wooden church which repeatedly restored.

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    St Sophia Cathedral the Holy Wisdom of God

    by fachd Written Jul 24, 2012

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    The five domed St Sophia Cathedral was built between 1045 -1050 by Prince Vladimir the son of Yaroslav the Wise. It is located inside the Novgorod Kremlin the historic centre of the city. It is the oldest practicing cathedral in Russia and popular tourist attractions.

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    Russia Millennium Monument

    by fachd Written Jul 24, 2012

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    Novgorod Russia Millennium Monument, there are 109 figures in this bronze monument representing different periods of Russian history, it was constructed in 1862 to commemorate 1000 year anniversary of the founding of the Russian State. It is the work of Russian sculptor Mikhail Mikeshin.

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    The Kremlin City Fortress

    by fachd Written Jul 24, 2012

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    The Kremlin and Volkhoy River.
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    The Kremlin in Novgorod is a city fortress stems largely from the 15th century. It is located on the left bank of the Volkhoy River.

    Like all Kremlin (Detinets) in Russia at the beginning it was a city fortress where the heart of settlement and the layouts of the city, where major events were held, where the Kremlin walls defended the City and the residence. As time progress gradually became administration, social and religious centre.

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    Yurev Monastery

    by livfaith Updated Dec 13, 2009

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    The Yurev Monastery is outside Novgorod, but definitely worth the short bus ride to get there. It is a working monastery and was originally built in the 12th century (the Church of St George was built in 1119), although much of it is more recent - 18th and 19th century). According to legend says is older, dating back to 1030. Inside there are several churches and a belfry plus various other buildings. However, while the monastery itself is attractive and interesting, the best part of the trip is walking along the shore just outside the monastery walls. The monastery is on the banks of the Volkhov river and lake Ilmen. In summer, there is a beach and a small shashlik (kebab) cafe and in winter (which is when I was there), the views out over the partially frozen river are fantastic. The day I visited was sunny and several families had taken advantage of the sun to have a barbecue on the snow-covered beach.

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    Kremlin (The Citadel)

    by Natalya2006 Written Sep 19, 2007

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    Kremlin, refereced in the cronicles since 1044, was a religious, political and cultural center of Novgorod lands for centures. Here the Veche (People's Assambly) and the elections of Posadnik (city governor) were held, it was from here that the Prince Alexander Nevsky's Armed forces marched off for the battle with Swedens. The Kremlin walls guarded the principal city cathedral - St.Sophia's - and the palace of Novgorod's archbishop.

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    Museum of Folk Wooden Architecture "Vitoslavlitsy"

    by Natalya2006 Updated Sep 19, 2007

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    The museum borrowed its name from an extinct village of the 19th centurt. This museum was founded in 1964 and it occupies the area of 33,4 ha washed from three sides by the Lake Myachino and the River Volkhov.

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    The Archbishop's Palace

    by aukahkay Written Aug 16, 2006

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    The Archbishop's Palace & St Euphimius Clock Tower
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    Novgorod is the most ancient Christian center of Russia. In the middle of the 11th century, after the split of the Christian Church into the independent Orthodox and Catholic branches. Novgorod's unfailing support for the Orthodox faith by the Bishop of Novgorod earned him the title of Archbishop, the first in Russia. In the Kremlin, there is a pink building, the Archbishop's Palace with the St Euphismius Clock Tower dating back to the 15th century.

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    Monument to the Millenium of Russia

    by aukahkay Written Aug 14, 2006

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    Monument to the Millenium of Russia
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    The Monument to the Millennium of Russia, was unveiled in 1862. It is the work of Mikhail Mikeshin, an eminent Russian sculptor active in the second half of the 19th century.
    The kneeling figure in the upper tier of the monument personifies Russia. Below, around the sphere, there are six groups symbolizing different periods of Russian history up to the first quarter of the 18th century. Represented, among others, are Prince Rurik who, according to legend, was invited in 862 to rule Novgorodian lands; Princes Vladimir, Dmitry Donskoi, Tsars Ivan III and Peter I. The high-relief frieze in the lower tier of the memorial depicts military heroes, statesmen, educators, poets, writers and artists - 109 figures altogether.

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