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Bulgaria | Moscow's Magic | St Petersburg | Russia's Golden Ring | Pskov and Lake Peipsi | Moscow, 2008 | Novgorod the Great | Living the Russian Dream

Novgorod the Great

Founded in the eleventh century, 'Novgorod the Great' is Russia's oldest city, first recorded in ninth-century chronicles. Novgorod today is a peaceful place whose brick Kremlin encloses a parkland of heritage churches and other structures. On the east bank of the Volkhov River, facing the Kremlin, is a medieval marketplace called Yaroslav's Court.

Novgorod is three hours from St Petersburg and nine hours from Moscow by overnight train, but if I had not scrutinised my train ticket carefully I would have arrived instead in Nizhny Novgorod (formerly Gorky) a much larger city equally far from Moscow in the opposite direction!

These images were taken with Nikon D200 (10 mpx) using RAW format, and are available for licensing. Please visit www.travelgame.org.

Kremlin walls overlook the Volkhov River
Kremlin walls overlook the Volkhov River
Churchgoer in Veliky Novgorod
Churchgoer in Veliky Novgorod
Domes of the 11th century Cathedral of St Sophia
Domes of the 11th century Cathedral of St Sophia
Fresco in the wall of an historic church
Fresco in the wall of an historic church
Historic church
Historic church
Historic church within Yaroslavl's Court
Historic church within Yaroslavl's Court
St George Monastery on a branch of the Volkhov River
St George Monastery on a branch of the Volkhov River
Looking out across the river to the ancient market place
Looking out across the river to the ancient market place
Streets of old Novgorod
Streets of old Novgorod