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    St Sophia's Cathedral

    by aukahkay Written Aug 14, 2006

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    St Sophia's Cathedral was built between 1045- 1050. It is one of the earliest stone structures of northern Russia. Its height is 38 m. The cathedral was built by Prince Vladimir, the son of Yaroslav the Wise, and until the 1130s this principal church of the city also served as the sepulchre of Novgorodian princes. For the Novgorodians, St Sophia became synonymous with their town, the symbol of civic power and independence.
    When I visited St Sophia's Cathedral, there were some renovations works being done to its facade.

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    The Belfry of St Sophia Cathedral

    by aukahkay Written Aug 14, 2006

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    The Belfry of St Sophia is a monument of the 15th-17th centuries. The first stone structure with three stair-wells was raised in 1439. In the 16th century the lower stair-wells were removed and a new top was made of six rectangular pillars with rounded corners. The structure was surmounted by five tent-roofs. The existing surmount dates back to the 19th century. The bells on view in front of the belfry were cast in the late 16th and 17th centuries. Everyday, a priest will climb up the stairwell to the top level to ring the bells to signal the commencement of Russian Orthodox services.

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    The Kremlin

    by aukahkay Written Aug 14, 2006

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    The fortified medieval fortress, the Kremlin, is the focal point of Novgorod. The present-day Kremlin stems largely from the 15th century, for several alterations made in the 16th and 17th centuries were minor and did not affect its appearance. The total length of the walls is 1,385 metres, they are 3.3 metres thick and 10.9 metres high. The area of the citadel is 12.1 hectares.

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    Novgorod Kremlin

    by salisbury3933 Written Dec 19, 2005

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    There's plenty to do within the Kremlin itself, with museums, the millenium of Russia monument and so on.
    The Volkhov river is also nearby, so you can also sit on the beach with an icecream. There's also a nice restaurant inside the kremlin, and a nice park next door.

    A very relaxing place to visit.

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    The St Sophia's Cathedral

    by johnsakura Updated Mar 12, 2005

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    The St Sophia's Cathedral was built between 1045- 1050 inside the Kremlin. It is one of the earliest stone structures of northern Russia, Its height is 38 m. Originally it was taller than it is now. The cathedral was built by Prince Vladimir, the son of Yaroslav the Wise, and until the 1130s this principal church of the city also served as the sepulchre of Novgorodian princes.

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    Korsun Gate St Sophia's Cathedral

    by johnsakura Updated Mar 12, 2005

    The Southern bronze gate of the St Sophia cathedral is called the Korsun Gate. This gate was made back in the XI century in Chersonesos, Byzantium,It makes possible a passage way from the southern gallery into the Nativity Side-Chapel. Legend tells that the gate was given to Novgorod as a gift by Prince Yaroslav the Wise (c. 978 - 1054).

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    Sigtuna Gate of St Sophia's Cathedral

    by johnsakura Updated Mar 12, 2005

    The West entrance of the St Sophia cathedral is known as the Sigtuna Gate dating back from the XII century. Legend tells it was brought from the Swedish town of Sigtuna in 1187. The second name of the gate comes from the town of Magdeburg, where it was made. The two leaves are decorated with biblical and evangelical scenes in cast bronze relief. In the lower left corner there are portraits of the craftsmen who created this superb specimen of medieval Western European bronze-work. An inscription in Latin gives their names, Riquin and Weissmut. The small central figure - judging from an inscription in Slavonic - is a representation of the Russian master craftsman Avraam, who assembled the gate.

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    Novgoro´s Kremlin

    by johnsakura Updated Mar 12, 2005

    Novgorod┬┤s Kremlin or the Detinets backs back from the middle of the XI century and is one of the most beautiful of kremlis inside Russia and best well preserved. By the middle ages old wooden ramparts would discend from the old fortification facilities. Stone buildings came on the early XIV century.

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    The Monument to the Millennium of Russia

    by johnsakura Written Mar 12, 2005

    The Monument to the Millennium of Russia, standing at the centre of the Detinets, was unveiled on September 8, 1862. It is the work of Mikhail Mikeshin, an eminent Russian sculptor active in the second half of the 19th century

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    The Belfry of St Sophia

    by johnsakura Written Mar 12, 2005

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    The Belfry of St Sophia is a monument of the 15th-17th centuries. The first stone structure with three stair-wells was raised in 1439. In the 16th century the lower stair-wells were removed and a new top was made of six rectangular pillars with rounded corners. The structure was surmounted by five tent-roofs. The existing surmount dates back to the 19th century. The bells on view in front of the belfry were cast in the late 16th and 17th centuries. The Belfry of St Sophia became a prototype for structures of this type in Moscow, Rostov and Tikhvin.

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    Millennium Monument

    by Dabs Updated Feb 24, 2005

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    The Millennium Monument, unveiled in 1862 to commemorate the 1,000 year anniversary of Rurik establishing a Viking stronghold in Novgorod, sits in the central square.

    The larger figures around the bell shaped monument are some of the central figures in Ruusian history-Rurik, Ivan III (the great Ivan, not the terrible one), Peter the Great and others. The frieze around the base shows over 100 more figures of Russian history-composers, princes, artists, heros and statesmen. The figure at the top, kneeling before the Orthodox cross, is Mother Russia

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    Museum of Wooden Architecture

    by sswagner Written Jan 4, 2005

    An impressive collection of wooden buildings has been assembled here. There are homes, churches, and a windmill on the grounds of this open air museum. It is a pleasant summer walk and you can go inside these buildings to learn about what life was like living in them. Since Novgorod is in a forest, woodworking was very important to the people who lived here. It was a great part of their livelihood.

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    Church of the Elevation of the Cross

    by sswagner Written Jan 4, 2005

    Set on the grounds of Yuriev Monestary, I find this to be the most attractive part of it. This is not the tallest building on the grounds of this thousand year old monestary, however the 5 blue onion domes will get your attention.

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    Yuriev Monestary

    by sswagner Written Jan 4, 2005

    This religious complex has some very attractive structures. Even in the height of the summer tourist season, it struck me as a quiet place. Explore both the beautiful churches and the grounds here. This place has probably not changed much through the years. If you like the onion dome architecture found in Russia, this will be a good place for you to visit. If you do enter the churches, be sure to be dressed in a respectful way. it is expected of everyone who comes here.

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    Kremlin and St. Sophia

    by sswagner Written Jan 4, 2005

    Kremlins are walled compounds Of course, the most famous one is in Moscow. However, this ancient kremlin is a great place to learn about this country's past. The centerpiece of the kremlin is St. Sophia's. it has some beautiful simple metallic onion domes on the outside and some incredible icons on the inside. Icons are very much a part of the Russian tradition, and you will find them all over. Make sure you visit the large bells outside of the church. I liked the medieval setting of the walls, observations towers, and buildings inside the fortress. You will find this in a beautiful setting along a river. Also of note is the monument to the first millenium inside the compound. It is ringed with many of Russia's important figures.

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