Make a nice walk across town!
My favourite way of killing time in Pskov was walking along the Velikaya river in summer and walking on the Velikaya river in winter. Don't forget to walk in the Ledny sad and have a nice picnic in Finsky Park.
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Don't miss the giant head sitting on the wall near the southwest side of the Kremlin!
I say "don't miss it," because I'm hoping that you'll go see it, recognize it and be able to tell me what it is, because I am stumped!
The monument of Alexander Nevsky
Go to Sokolya (Falcon) Hill to see the monument/memorial to the prince Alexander Nevsky, who is honored in these parts mostly for his victory over the Teutonic Knights at Chudskoye Lake in 1242. The impressive sculpture group was unveiled on June 24th 1993, when Pskov was celebrating its 1090th anniversary. The monument, on Sokolya hill, just outside the town, stands along the route that the Russian warriors took to the "Battle on the Ice". I actually was on a cruise of the lake and we were shown the exact place where the battle happened. The idea was that the armaments of the Teutonic Knights were too heavy, so they drowned. This shows what cunning can do in battle - Alexander Nevsky was a realist in state affairs, and knew there was no way for the Russian (disunited, by the way) troupes to win otherwise. Just outside of the town.
The Pskova River.
All the people visiting Pskov (presuming they do not spend the whole of their time in a hotel room or railway station:) ) see it, but relatively few attach to it any importance as a sight per se. Since the 16th century - which in not an ancient date for Pskov by any means - the entry to the mouth of the Pskova River, where the harbor and the Fish Market were situated, had been guarded by the Watergate (no political inferences, please!!! :) ) which was also called "the Lower Lattice". The river waters could flow through the gate quite easily. In the 17th century the High (Visokaya) and the Flat (Ploskaya) Towers of the walls were connected by a stone arcade with two lifting gates - lattices. The two towers, especially the space between them, mark the place where the two most important rivers - the Pskova and the Velikaya (The Great River, in English) meet. The Pskova river was the chief waterway into and through the merchant town.
Church of St. Alexander Nevsky
The Church of St. Alexander the Nevsky was built in 1907 – 1908 for the Omsk's regiment of the Russian army in a so-called "Russian style", which looks really like a combination of many other architectural styles. The church was consecrated to St. Alexander Nevsky, a Russian ruler made a saint (a frequent arrangement in many places) for his defense of Russia from the Swedish troups in the 13th century. The red-brick building has one huge dome (of a pretty strange shape, one must admit), smaller ones, and a bell tower with a classic dome of a conical shape. It has recently been restored and functions as a military church of Pskov.
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