St. Sophia Cathedral, Veliky Novgorod

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. See St. Sophia Cathedral and all Veliky Novgorod has to offer by arranging your trip with our Veliky Novgorod route website .
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  • I really liked this Cathedral, I consider his ancient history-still built by Yaroslav the wise.
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  • Touch to our ancient history. Look up, and it seems that the vzmyvaesh up. Beautiful frescoes. Is required to visit.
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  • One of the Central works of Russian architectures. Numerous restorations are not misrepresented its essence. Prayerful Cathedral.
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  • 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.
  • 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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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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