St. Sophia Cathedral, Veliky Novgorod

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Visit the oldest stone church in Russia, St. Sophia Cathedral. St. Sophia is home to an ancient icon of the Madonna that reputedly saved the city from siege in 1169. Prince Vladimir, the son of Yaroslav the Wise, built the five-domed church in the 11th century in place of the existing wooden church. See the three famous sets of gates. Head to the west entrance to get a close look at the largest, which are bronze and embellished with biblical scenes. Notice the portraits of the artisans in the lower left corner and the Latin inscription of their names. Visit the stone bell tower, which still holds a number of ancient bells. Take a look at our Veliky Novgorod trip itinerary maker to schedule your visit to St. Sophia Cathedral and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • August 18, 2017
    I really liked this Cathedral, I consider his ancient history-still built by Yaroslav the wise.
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  • August 17, 2017
    Touch to our ancient history. Look up, and it seems that the vzmyvaesh up. Beautiful frescoes. Is required to visit.
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  • August 15, 2017
    One of the Central works of Russian architectures. Numerous restorations are not misrepresented its essence. Prayerful Cathedral.
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  • June 26, 2017
    The main building inside the Kremlin, this cathedral is an obliged visit, although inside is not as marvelous as the inside, it has great historic value and incredible architecture.
  • March 12, 2015
    It turns out that my ancestors are buried here at the Cathedral and it was an amazing experience coming from such a far away place to here to witness my ancestors.
  • December 24, 2015
    Nice.
  • May 3, 2015
    Magnificent
  • December 4, 2015
    Must see!

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Despite Veliky Novgorod's popularity as a tourist destination, it offers a somewhat limited selection of accommodations. If you want to stay in the center, choose from several mid-range hotels and a couple more luxurious options. Alternatively, explore the few hostels and guesthouses here, some of which are located in peaceful areas outside the city. Due to the limited options, be sure to reserve lodging ahead of time.
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