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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  • The ancient Cathedral. And beauty inside and out! Namolennoe place, old icons. The only thing that didn't like it-it's very reasonably priced for the grandmothers-sisters. Spoiled the impression.
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  • Long dreamed to touch this wonderful Cathedral of St. Sophia in Novgorod Kremlin and finally came true.
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  • The oldest temple of Russia. Beautiful architecture and interior decoration. In the Cathedral are significant for the burial of Novgorod and Russia people. At the southern limit of the preserved mural (mural) 12 century.
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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.
  • Старый и очень красивый собор
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  • Well preserved fragment of a fresco 11 century. Inside lie the remains (relics) of religious and political figures 11-12 centuries. History deserve special attention of their life, it's such an incredible mix of history and fantasy:)
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