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The small town of Pechory (‘caves’, if we translate it into English), a local center, is situated near the Estonian border 53 kilometers from the region’s capital city - Pskov. The main attraction of the town is the Holy Pechory Assumption Orthodox Convent of the caves, the oldest of its type in Russia, being the monument of Russian culture and military history. Originally located in the caves themselves, the monastery gave the name to the town (in ancient Russian language "cave" sounded like "pechera", which turned into a less pronounceable for foreigners ‘peshchera’ now). The date of the monastery foundation is considered to be August 28, 1473. This is pretty ancient, by Russian standards, that is. Things to see include, of course, the caves (how people managed to live there is a mystery to me), and various convent buildings, including the Cathedral. The place is also called the Pskovsko-Pechyorskaja Lavra. Remember that there’s a dress code for visiting Orthodox religious monuments (and especially the Lavras, which are really strict convents) - I do not like it myself, but it’s better to follow that than risk being not let it, isn’t it?? I will discuss Pechory in more details on the appropriate page here.
Updated Oct 6, 2003
If you read my Izborsk pages here, on VirtualTourist, I just might sound like a publicity agent for the town:))) However, I really liked it a lot, which, I suppose, excuses me to some degree…
While the modern (only it’s too shabby to be called modern) town is singularly uninteresting, the fortress makes up for that amply. One of the few ‘real’ Russian fortresses, with towers, secret passageways, walls you can walk atop of, churches, and chapels - all the amenities, in short. Also, the place gains a lot in one’s view if he/she happens not to like places swarming with tourists - it’s practically deserted on weekdays. I do not even remember a ticket-booth.
You can also look from the top of the hill over the countryside surrounding the fortress, and search for the cross of the Truvor. For more, see my Izborsk page!
Written Oct 6, 2003
The first place you are to see when visiting the region, or oblast’ as it’s called in Russia. One of the two republics in ancient Russia, it looks as if it were smaller, which it is not, and less popular with tourists - which it unfortunately is. To sum it up, a rather provincial city (though renovated quite a lot for the 1100 years celebration) with ancient history and loads of monuments (including attractive surroundings) that rival Novgorod’s.
Among things to see I would highly recommend:
1. The Kremlin
2. The Trinity Cathedral
3. The Saviour (Mirozhsky) Convent
4. Church of the Nativity
5. Church Intercession of the Virgin
6. Outer Town fortifications
7. The Pskova river
And many other things, which I hope to cover in details on my Pskov page here.
Written Oct 6, 2003
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