Novgorod: The Birthplace of Russia

Veliky Novgorod is a proud city with the title of the Birthplace of Russia. It’s one of the oldest cities in Russia dating from the 10th century. The city was a busy trading post in medieval times thanks to the Volkhov River, by which many Hanseatic cities carried their trade. During the 9th century, the city was a vital part of the most important trade route connecting Northern Europe to the Orient, the Volga trade route.

Novgorod was mentioned in Norse sagas since four Viking kings sought refuge there from their enemies at home, Olaf I of Norway,Olaf II of Norway, Magnus I of Norway, and Harald Hardrada.

The city was great once, but its glory has faded, and today there’s no much to see there. I only recommend a visit for those with more time to spare and those interested to learn about the history of Russia.

St George’s Monastery

The St. George Monastery, also called Yuriev Monastery, is one of the oldest monasteries of Russia. The date of its construction is unclear. According to legend, the monastery was founded in 1030, but the first written record of it dates from 1119 when the St. George’s Cathedral was built.  The Cathedral was the burial place of the local princes in the 12th century.

Like many other properties of the church in Russia, the monastery suffered during the Soviet era. In 1928, five of the six churches at the monastery was destroyed and, in 1929, the monastery was closed. In 1991, the monastery was returned to the Russian Orthodox Church, and it has been under restoration since.

Savior Cathedral and Archimandrite building at the Yuriev Monastery in Novgorod

Savior Cathedral and Archimandrite building at the Yuriev Monastery in Novgorod

Woman at the Yuriev Monastery in Novgorod

Woman at the Yuriev Monastery in Novgorod

Cross Exaltation Cathedral at the Yuriev Monastery in Novgorod

Cross Exaltation Cathedral at the Yuriev Monastery in Novgorod

St. George Cathedral at the Yuriev Monastery in Novgorod

St. George Cathedral at the Yuriev Monastery in Novgorod

The belfry of the Yuriev Monastery in Novgorod

The belfry of the Yuriev Monastery in Novgorod

Myachino Lake, near the Yuriev Monastery in Novgorod

Myachino Lake, near the Yuriev Monastery in Novgorod

Dogs at the Yuriev Monastery in Novgorod

Dogs at the Yuriev Monastery in Novgorod

The Novgorod Kremlin

The Kremlin is the heart of the city like in many other cities of Russia. This fortress served as the center of the political, religious and civic life in the medieval ages. The first records of the Kremlin date from 1044.

Inside the Kremlin, you will find the Cathedral of St. Sophia. This Cathedral is the oldest church in Russia dating of 1050. It was built to replace an even older wooden church built around 989 by Bishop Ioakim Korsunianin, the first bishop of Novgorod.

Entrance to Novgorod Kremlin

Entrance to Novgorod Kremlin

The Belfry of St. Sophia in Novgorod Kremlin

The Belfry of St. Sophia in Novgorod Kremlin

Cathedral of St. Sophia in Novgorod Kremlin

Cathedral of St. Sophia in Novgorod Kremlin

Clock Tower and Episcopal Chamber in Novgorod Kremlin

Clock Tower and Episcopal Chamber in Novgorod Kremlin

The Belfry of St. Sophia in Novgorod Kremlin

The Belfry of St. Sophia in Novgorod Kremlin

Regional Philharmonic Concert Hall in Novgorod Kremlin

Regional Philharmonic Concert Hall in Novgorod Kremlin

Monument to the Millennium of the Russian in Novgorod Kremlin

Monument to the Millennium of the Russian in Novgorod Kremlin

Vladimir Tower in Novgorod Kremlin

Vladimir Tower in Novgorod Kremlin

Novgorod Kremlin Walls

Novgorod Kremlin Walls

Volkhov River

Trading Arcade in Novgorod

Trading Arcade in Novgorod

Novgorod Kremlin Walls by the Volkhov River

Novgorod Kremlin Walls by the Volkhov River

Monument Girl-Tourist by the Volkhov River

Monument Girl-Tourist by the Volkhov River

People put change in the shoes for good luck, Monument Girl-Tourist by the Volkhov River

People put change in the shoes for good luck, Monument Girl-Tourist by the Volkhov River

Frigate Flagman Restaurant on The Volkhov River in Novgorod

Frigate Flagman Restaurant on The Volkhov River in Novgorod

Dinner at Frigate Flagman Restaurant on The Volkhov River in Novgorod

Dinner at Frigate Flagman Restaurant on The Volkhov River in Novgorod

Soviet Car in Novgorod

Soviet Car in Novgorod

Creep Soviet abandoned building in Novgorod

Creep Soviet abandoned building in Novgorod

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