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Discover Lake Ilmen, Veliky Novgorod
Ilmen is a large lake located in the Novgorod region. About 50 rivers flow into it. It used to be a trade route, while now it is a popular holiday destination.
Lake Zaozerye: Recreation and Entertainment
Lake Zaozerye is located in the Novgorod region, 7 km to the west of Okulovka along the Borovichi - Kresttsy highway. This is a relatively small, but in its own way beautiful and rich in fish resources reservoir.
Ethnographic Park Vitoslavlitsy
Vitoslavlitsy is an architectural and natural reserve of wooden architecture, located near Veliky Novgorod, the Yuryev (Svyato-Yuryev) monastery on the southern shore of Lake Myachino. Here, on incredibly picturesque landscapes, old wooden buildings are collected, miraculously preserved and transported from nearby Novgorod villages in the 1960s. Wooden architectural monuments - churches, chapels, huts, mills, farm buildings date back to the 16th-20th centuries.
Rurik's Settlement in Veliky Novgorod
Rurik's Settlement is a remarkable archeological monument, which is located about 2.5 kilometers south of the Novgorod Kremlin, near Lake Ilmen. For a long time it was in the shadow of other sights of Veliky Novgorod, although this territory is noted in the annals as the place of arrival of Prince Rurik.
Veliky Novgorod: Spirit Monastery
Spirit Monastery is one of the oldest, largest and richest monasteries in Novgorod.
Veliky Novgorod: St. Sophia Cathedral
St. Sophia in the Novgorod Kremlin (Detinets) has been the main cathedral of the city and Novgorod land for nearly one thousand years.
Veliky Novgorod: Yaroslav Court
Yaroslav Court - a historical architectural complex on the Trade Side of Novgorod, where veche meetings were held from XI to XV century. The name of the complex is associated with Yaroslav the Wise who, according to the chronicles, reportedly lived in this place, on the right bank of Volkhov.
Veliky Novgorod: St. Nicholas Cathedral
No one can argue with the fact that the best known cathedral of Veliky Novgorod is Saint Sophia behind the Kremlin walls. But there is another cathedral reflected in the waters of the Volkhov River on the opposite bank it is also huge, five-domed and very ancient.
Detinets - the Novgorod Kremlin
The Novgorod Kremlin or Detinets is the citadel of Veliky Novgorod.
Veliky Novgorod: Desyatinny Monastery
There is a thin bright bell tower on Desyatinnaya Street in the ancient Lyudin (Goncharsky) part of Veliky Novgorod, between Prusskaya and Dobrynya streets. Its gate is the entrance to the territory of the former Desyatinny womens monastery. This is one of the eight ancient city monasteries that almost completely kept its historical layout and the larger part of the buildings.
Veliky Novgorod: the Relics of St. Sophia Cathedral
The icon of Our Lady of the Sign most revered in Novgorod is kept in St. Sophia Cathedral. Another relic is the carved stone cross of the Metropolitan Aleksii in the memory of the Battle of Kulikovo. The third relic has appeared in the cathedral only recently.
Local Pecularities of Veliky Novgorod
Veliky Novgorod: climate, festivals, souvenirs.
Veliky Novgorod
Novgorod the great new and ancient city. Once it was the first Russian window to Europe, the predecessor of St. Petersburg.
Veliky Novgorod: Museum Porcelain Workshop
The museum porcelain workshop is the newest museum opened in 2011 in the ancient Desyatinny monastery near the Novgorod Kremlin. Its principles include the ancient craft adjoined by advanced interactive technologies, education and entertainment.
The Most Ancient Cities of Russia, Part 2
It is a more ambitious version about the oldest city of Russia. Veliky Novgorod is also considered to be the most ancient Russian city. At least, all of its dwellers think so.
Russia's Top Historic Destinations
Planning to visit Russia can be a daunting task: so many regions, so many cities. And while Moscow and Petersburg are traditional tourist staples, our guest author Rowena Kang looks farther to the North and to the East - to Veliky Novgorod and Yekaterinburg, respectively. These are two other cities in Russia you cannot possibly miss.
Veliky Novgorod: Some Facts and Places to Visit
The article describes particular qualities and some places of interest in Veliky Novgorod


Photo Exhibition "The Treasury of Novgorod Land" in Moscow
Veliky Novgorod is not just an old city, but an open-air museum that displays the sights of ancient Russia to its visitors.
Birchbark Manuscripts Unearthed in Veliky Novgorod
One of the birchbark manusctipts is well-preserved, whereas the other two are fragments only.
Ancient Punctuation Marks Found on Birchbark Manuscript in Veliky Novgorod
Archeologists have discovered ancient punctuation marks on a birch bark letter unearthed in the center of Veliky Novgorod in July 2017.
Archeological Excavations in Veliky Novgorod Yield 2 Thousand Artifacts
In the course of excavations in Veliky Novgorod archeologists have unearthed more than 2 thousand artifacts.
Veliky Novgorod - Best Practices Of 2015
Veliky Novgorod has won the international contest The Tourist Brand: Best Practices of 2015 in two categories.
Early 11th Century Fortress Unearthed near the Kremlin of Veliky Novgorod
Archeologists have found fragments of the most ancient city fortress in the course of excavations in Veliky Novgorod.
Medieval Chesspiece Found in Veliky Novgorod
In the historic center of Veliky Novgorod archeologists found a chesspiece, which dates back to the Middle Ages.
Sending Postcards From Veliky Novgorod
Despite the information technologies allowing us to communicate with each other in one click, it is becoming more popular to send beautiful postcards from different cities.
QR-Codes In Veliky Novgorod Will Help Tourists
The signs of tourist navigation with QR-Codes for pedestrians will be installed in Veliky Novgorod in the next few days.
Memorial Route In Veliky Novgorod
Many things in Veliky Novgorod remind of its military past: monuments, stelae, memorials, obelisks, dozens of streets named in honor of the officers and heroes of the Soviet Union. Tourism Development Centre prepared a Memorial Route to the 70th Anniversary of Victory in the Great Patriotic War in memory of the soldiers and their courage.
12th Century Frescos Found in Veliky Novgorod
Fragments of unique ancient frescos have been found in the St. George Monastery of Veliky Novgorod.
Ancient Boat Found by Archeologists Turns to be Ship of Soviet Era
The vessel found by archeologists at the bottom of River Volkhov near Veliky Novgorod was initially dated by scientists to the 15th century.
Ancient Birchbark Manuscripts and Coins Found in Novgorod
Ancient birchbark manuscripts and coins have been found by archeologists in Veliky Novgorod.
Ancient Tower in Novgorod to Become Museum
Staff of the Novgorod State Memorial Estate will turn the only remaining tower of the ancient Okolny town into a museum.
11th Century Russian Psaltery Unearthed in Veliky Novgorod
A fragment of an ancient gusli, aka Russian psaltery, has been found by archeologists in the historical center of Veliky Novgorod.
Pre-Mongolian Graffiti Discovered in Veliky Novgorod
Scientists of the Archeology Institute, RAS have found ancient graffiti and frescos in St. George Monastery in Veliky Novgorod.
Underwater Archeologists Look for Ancient Treasures in Lake Ilmen
An archeological expedition started at the bottom of Lake Ilmen in the Novgorod Region looks for trophies of Moscow Prince Ivan III.
Archeologists Discover Ancient Port in Veliky Novgorod
Archeologists have found an allegedly ancient port at the area of pipe-line ditch laying in Veliky Novgorod.
Archeologists Find 600-Year-Old Copper Ingots in Veliky Novgorod
Archeologists have found copper ingots dated to the first half of the 15th century in Veliky Novgorod.
Thousand-Year-Old Russian Psaltery Found Near Veliky Novgorod
Fragments of a lyre-shaped gusli (old Russian psaltery) have been unearthed by archeologists in the Troitsky-15 pit near Veliky Novgorod.
Tourists Are Invited To Look At The Excavations In Novgorod
In June, archaeologists discovered a summer field season in Veliky Novgorod. It is assumed that the work of this year will be conducted at Trinity excavation, which is the base for the Novgorod archaeological expedition, as well as at three excavations on the Marketplace and the Sofia sides in the historic center of the city.
Archeologists Find Ancient Ship at River Bed in Veliky Novgorod
A ship with brick freight of allegedly 16th-17th centuries has been found at Volkhov river bed in Veliky Novgorod.
International KingFestival to be Held in Veliky Novgorod
The 12th International Theatre KINGFESTIVAL will be held in Veliky Novgorod from April 25 to April 29.
14th Century Rescued Frescos to be Displayed in Novgorod
On Friday, December 28, the Novgorod State Memorial Estate will open an exhibition with frescos of the Novgorod Transfiguration Saviour Church.
Archeologists Find Matrix Seal in Veliky Novgorod
Novgorod archeologists have unearthed a rare seal at the digging site by the Nicolo-Dvorishchensky Cathedral in Yaroslav Dvorishche.
Unique Monument of Gothic Architecture Restored in Novgorod Kremlin
Opening of the unique architectural monument Vladychnaya or Facets Palace after its restoration is timed to the 1150th anniversary of Russia.
Big Gastronomic Festival to Take Place in Veliky Novgorod
On November 15-17, an International Gourmet Festival will take place in Veliky Novgorod with the restaurants awarded the Michelin stars participating.
"Free Fridays" Attract Tourists to Novgorod Museums
Two years running, the State Museum of Veliky Novgorod welcomes tourists to see some exhibition places within the museum complex for free on Fridays
Archeologists Found 32 Birchbark Manuscripts in Season 2012 in Veliky Novgorod
Russian archeologists have found 32 birchbark manuscripts in the excavation season of 2012 in Veliky Novgorod.
Museum of Ancient Irons Opens in Veliky Novgorod
The second museum of all kinds of irons is opened in Russia. The first one was created in 2002 in Pereslavl-Zalesky. The new museum is located in the city of Veliky Novgorod.
Museum of Underwater Archeology to Open in Veliky Novgorod
Visit the city of Veliky Novgorod in September 2012 and you will manage to become one of the first visitors of the Museum of Underwater Archeology.
Second Louvre to Appear in Veliky Novgorod
A glass pyramid, similar to the one that is set above the entrance to the Louvre in Paris, will appear on the territory of the Novgorod Kremlin.
Parade of Old Ships to be Held in Veliky Novgorod
The parade of old ships and other events dedicated to the 1150th anniversary of Russian statehood will be held in Veliky Novgorod on September 21-23, 2012.
Novgorod Museum Opens Unique Ancient Monument for Visitors
The Novgorod State Memorial Estate has opened for two months a unique monument of Russian wooden architecture St. Nicholas the Wonderworker Church from the Nikolsky Krutetsky Monastery.
Unique Ancient Coin Found in Veliky Novgorod
Underwater archeologists have found a unique ancient coin - half a grivna - on the bed of River Volkhov in Veliky Novgorod.
Monument to National Home Guard in War of 1812 to be Set up in Veliky Novgorod
In Great Novgorod there is begun fund raising on monument building to the Novgorod national home guard in the war of 1812.
Pancake Week to be Celebrated in Russia
Pancake Week (or Maslenitsa) - the last week before Lent, will be celebrated in Russia at the end of February. A big number of traditional colorful events will be held in various Russian cities all across the country.
Archeologists Find Thin Wire of Very Fine Gold
During excavations in Rurik Site near Veliki Novgorod archeologists have found four hanks of gold wire, which most likely belonged to jewelers of the 10th century.
Three Russian Regions to Create a Combined Tourist Route
Pskov, Smolensk and Novgorod regions will open a combined travel route, which is named "Back to Roots of Russia".
Gigantic Ancient Fridges Found in Veliky Novgorod
Archeologists have found unusual huge foundation ditches that ancient people used as refrigerators in Veliky Novgorod.
Unique Seal-Making Tool Unearthed in Veliky Novgorod
This year over 5 thousand archeological finds have been unearthed in the Novgorod Region; some of the artifacts have been found in would-be building lots.
The Novgorod Television will Pay a Fine for the "Goat"
The Novgorod citizens have complained about an abusive advertisment which compared them with goats.
Archeologists Protest against Site Development round Veliky Novgorod
Novgorod archeologists have walked out of the Cultural Heritage Committee in protest against site development in historical area of Veliky Novgorod.
Museums of Novgorod the Grest to be free on Fridays
Golden Ring city Novgorod the Great is carrying out a project designed to draw the people's attention to local museums. Since July,1, entrance to one of Novgorod numerous museums will be free on Fridays.

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