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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Where to stay in Veliky Novgorod

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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  • One of the oldest standing structures in Russia is found here. You should defs go see it as history is amazing.  more »
  • Here, within the area of Kremlin of Veliky Novgorod and to the north from the Millennium of Russia Monument, is located this oldest Orthodox church building in Russia. While the Novgorod Republic exis...  more »
  • From the outside it looks like any Orthodox cathedral but, when you get in, you'll immerse in the past. Beautiful icons and paintings. Many relics. It's a place of worship, so be respectful. I took a ...  more »
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  • 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.
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  • the year 1050. It's hard to believe that this created the barbarians, who only learned how to write. Moreover, although the Greek theme is evident, but the differences fall a lot. The Greeks built differently
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