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Museums and sightseeing in Veliky Novgorod


Veliky Novgorod is not accidently called a city-museum of Old Russia - no other place has preserved that number of great monuments of architecture and monumental painting.

Here it is hard and sometimes impossible to define where the city ends the musium begins. About 50 valuable monuments became a part of a modern city living structure. Here you can touch a rough wall and see an ancient fresco. The history of Novgorod churches, monasteries, fortifications is full of both amazing and tradgic pages.

Online City Guide of Veliky Novgorod: maps, tourist routs, practical information.

Functioning cathedrals and churches of Veliky Novgorod.

Bring your friends and relatieves tasty and useful souvenirs from Veliky Novgorod: ginger bread, honey, kvas (bread drink)!

Route in Memory of the 70th Anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War
70 years ago one of the most tragic periods in the history of Russia — the Great Patriotic War — was finished. It took away lives of more than 20 million Soviet citizens. We offer to take a walk to the memorable War places.
Walking tourist route: the Pages of History
Have a walk through the city streets to find all the drawings.
Tourist Route №1. The Novgorod Kremlin

Walk along the Kremlin walls and count the ancient towers, reserved to our days! Walk up the Kokuy - the watch tower. Visit the oldest Russian temple - the St. Sophia cathedral in Veliky Novgorod.

Tourist Route №2. Monuments at the Sophia Side of the City
The Volkhov River divides Veliky Novgorod in 2 sides - the Sophia Side and the Trade Side, both of which have different history. Find out more about sightseeing at the Sophia Side!
Tourist route №3. Yaroslav’s Court and the Ancient Market
The Trade Side of the city offers a lot of sightseeing and interesting monuments! The Trade Side is famous for its merchant history and goods trade which happened in the old times.
Tourist route №4. Trade Side Sightseeing
Trade side is constructed with elements of the past and present. Here you will find churches which preserved the frescoes by Theophanes the Greek and modern sculptures of city art.
Tourist route №5. At the Source of The Volkhov

Visit Vitoslavlitsy, the unique wooden architecture museum. Feel the greatness of St. George monastery which was founded by Prince Yaroslav and dive into atmosphere of the Peryn skete. 

Tourist route №6. A Journey to the Roots of Russian Government

Travel down the Volkhov river to the Rurik’s Hill Fort, to the Birthplace of Russian government. Visit ancient temples that preserve the unique murals.

Tourist route №7. Orthodox Monasteries

Orthodox pilgrims from all over of Russia visit Veliky Novgorod to see the Christian relics which have been worshipped since the old times. Walls of Novgorod temples breathe the wisdom of centuries and the wonder-making icons stream God’s grace. 

А walking route «Novgorodian birchbark and the monuments of the Nerevsky End»

The aim of the route is to broaden the historical city centre for tourists and to offer a new theme route for an individual journey.

Walking Route "Modern Monuments of the Sophia Side"
On your way you will see monuments to famous people as well as amusing sculptures of the cheerful and friendly characters!
Walking Route "Modern Monuments of the Trade Side"

Walk down the streets of Veliky Novgorod to look for interesting modern sculptures of the Trade side of the city.

Route 4: Veliky Novgorod – Staraya Russa resort town – Seliger Lake
Route 5: Veliky Novgorod – Valdayskoe Lake – Suvorov’s Estate – Gornaya Msta – Slavic village of the 10th century
Route 6: Veliky Novgorod – I.E. Kuznetsov’s Factory on the river Volkhov – Skiing Complex Mstinskie Gorki – Recreation in The Land of Wonders
Route 7: Veliky Novgorod – Staraya Russa Resort Town – Rdeiskiy Monastery
Route 8: Rurikov's Hill Fort – Shum-Hill – Slavic Village of the 10th century
Route 9: Veliky Novgorod – Korostyn (Shimsky district) – Staraya Russa
Route 10: Veliky Novgorod – Valday – Iversky Monastery
Iversky Monastery, founded by Patriarch Nikon in 1653, attracts the pilgrims from all over the world even to this day. An important relic is kept here – the wondrous icon Iberian Mother of God.
Kilometrage: Veliky Novgorod – Valday (142km), Valday – Iversky Monastery (13km).
Water route: Rafting down the Msta river
The water drop level between Opechenskii Posad and Borovichi is 54 meters, and there are approximately 50 big and small rapids. The biggest rapids are Rik, Vip, Beli, Yogla and Vitsi. The route from Borovichi to Lyubitino has calmer water.
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