Izborsk Travel Guide

  • Izborsk Castle (1330)
    Izborsk Castle (1330)
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  • Secret tunnel to the river
    Secret tunnel to the river
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    Lukovka Tower (oldest one)Lukovka
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Izborsk Things to Do

  • The Ryabinovka Tower

    The Ryabinovka Tower stands between the Vyshka and Temnushka towers and is a fortification point of the ?accessible? wall. The tower has 6 levels and, as historians say, its gloomy look was a psychological weapon sometimes enough to deter people from trying to seize the Izborsk fortress by force.The name we know at present is relatively new - its...

  • The Truvor’s Cross.

    That’s the most ancient and the most revered legend of Izborsk. One of the large crosses of the Truvor’s settlement is said to mark the tomb of the legendary prince Truvor, who came with his two brothers to rule Russia, upon the locals’ repeated requests. Truvor settled in Izborsk, and according to the same legend, died here in 864, 3 years after...

  • Truvor’s Settlement

    The beginnings of Izborsk can be found at the site of an ancient settlement, that existed long before the fortress was built, let alone the time when it was transferred to Mount Zhuravija. The ancient city occupied triangular cape of a high plateau. The territory was small, but the place was chosen wonderfully. The settlement occupied the top of a...

  • Nikolsky Cathedral

    The church of Nikola in the Izborsk fortress can be seen rising above the massive walls, its silver dome glittering against blue sky. The church, close to the main entrance to the fortress, is located and has been constructed approximately in 1330 when the city and the fortress have been transferred to the Zhuravija mountain. The cathedral was...

  • Kolokol’naja Tower

    Or, as it can be translated, the Bell Tower. It stands right behind the Nikolskie gate in the southern part of the fortress, overlooking the settlement of Izborsk and (since it’s in the same direction) facing the town of Pskov as well. The Bell Tower contained a bell (quite logical, that) that was expected to signal the approaching danger. The...

  • The Temnushka Tower

    The Temnushka Tower is the last tower of the so-called ’accessible wall’. It covered the main entrance into the Izborsk fortress and was the starting point of the road along the southern wall, with internal and external gates. Just as the Ryabinovka Tower (discussed above) it has 6 levels, but it is considerable less gloomy in comparison. Though I...

  • The Talavskaja Tower.

    The Talavskaja Tower is the only one square tower in the fortress. And the only one I remember that I’ve seen in my whole life. The 5-level tower stands in the North-West of the fortress, and is one of the strong points of the so-called ‘accessible wall’ (see other tips for my view on its accessibility). The height is 15 meters, and the...

  • The Lukovka Tower.

    The Lukovka Tower is the most ancient tower of the Izborsk fortress and is considered the most mysterious in the architectural sense of the word – don’t worry – no ghosts!It was originally part of an older, wooden fortress, that once stood on the spot. So the stone walls when they were constructed later, have bypassed a tower, having left it,...

  • The Vyshka Tower.

    The Vyshka (translated actually as ‘tower’) Tower is the highest and the most fortified tower of the Izborsk fortress. Its height now (which means after it having been ruined) reaches 19 meters. And in the past the tower was even higher because of a wooden structure (similar to a tower) that was incorporated inside. Hence the name. The Vyshka Tower...


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  • Nature

    ***My favourite thing number 2***I always say that I love Northern Russian nature. I do not admire cold, but I appreciate the landscapes very much. They are usually pretty flat and offer spectacular far-reaching vistas. In fact, Pskov, Novgorod, and their surroundings (among which we naturally count Izborsk, too) offer the best such things I have...

  • The 'Real' Fortress

    My single favourite thing is the fortress. Just fancy seeing one of those 'real' fortresses here in Russia - we mostly had convents playing the role of defenses. While they are interesting in their own right, it would have been a pity not to have a single fortress on the territory of such a huge country. But we have at least one - and that is in...

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