A few good reasons to spend a weekend in Veliky Novgorod

Lord Novgorod the Great in many ways lucky: he is centrally located on the way from St. Petersburg to Moscow, so here you can easily call in while traveling from one capital to another. At the same time, sitting on the train in the northern capital and going into the main – or vice versa – who rarely goes on the road without a good reason. Therefore, random guests in Novgorod is few and it certainly is the city only benefit by helping him to maintain comfort and originality.

Saint Sophia Cathedral, the main Orthodox church in Veliky Novgorod, built in 1045-1050 years

Saint Sophia Cathedral, the main Orthodox church in Veliky Novgorod, built in 1045-1050 years

First of all, first of all – the oldest Russian Kremlin

No doubt that the visit to Novgorod in the first place, almost no one. Tourists come here mainly for the sake of the Novgorod Kremlin, or Detintsa, as it was called in ancient times by people of Novgorod. It can be a long time to sing odes to other Russian fortresses – Rostov Kremlin, Nizhny Novgorod, Zaraysk, Moscow – but the true story  lives here. The first mention in the annals of Detintsa dates back to 1044 – already for 103 years before the first mention of Moscow!

The oldest stone building in Russia

Where else may be the oldest surviving stone buildings, but in the territory of the ancient Kremlin! This title belongs to the beautiful cathedral and the majestic Holy Wisdom, built in Novgorod as early as the middle of XI century.

At the very beginning

At some distance from the city center (bus station Novgorod you can get a bus to the village of Spas-Nereditsa) preserved unique historical sight – Rurik settlement. Once there, at the source of the river Volkhov, was an ancient Viking settlement, here was a road “from the Vikings to the Greeks.” And it is on this point is believed to be an ancient residence of Prince Rurik – the founder of the first Russian ruling dynasty. The excavations confirmed the presence here of buildings IX-X centuries and preserved the picturesque ruins of the Annunciation Cathedral belong to the XII century. Right to Rurik settlement Novgorod owes its name – here was the “Old Town”, and all that was built in the vicinity of the Kremlin, was the “New Town”.

Rurik settlement

Rurik settlement

Link to original article: http://lenta.ru/articles/2015/10/21/novgorod/

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Why to go to the edge of the glacial lakes, rugged mountains and ancient monasteries?

Geographically, the Russian North includes Karelia, Kola Peninsula, part of Arkhangelsk and Vologda regions and Belozerja from the White Sea coast to the Sheksna, Mologa and the Northern Dvina. This is a land of amazing nature, ancient towns, pantry traditional way of life, the original dialects, inimitable gastronomy, the unique historical and cultural monuments.

Marble Quarry Ruskeala

Marble Quarry Ruskeala

Marble Quarry Ruskeala

Former marble quarry in Sortavala region of Karelia is the main object of the mountain park “Ruskeala.” It was developed from Catherine II. From the local stone built the most beautiful buildings of St. Petersburg and its suburbs palace. Quarry stretches for 460 meters in length and 100 in width, depth – 50 meters. The walls of the quarry are penetrated by a complex system of tunnels and drifts several kilometers long. Today, they are mostly flooded.

Solovki

Solovki

Solovki

Solovetsky Islands are an archipelago in the White Sea at the entrance to Onega Bay. It consists of six large and more than a hundred small islands. Inhabited since the III millennium BC The islands remained somewhat primitive sites and mysterious stone mazes. The main attraction of the archipelago – Solovki Stauropegial Monastery, founded in 1436. The monastery is located on the Big Solovetsky Island. It includes the Transfiguration Cathedral, the monastery fortress monasteries and some other buildings. In Soviet times there was a camp of special designation. Monastic life is revived in 1990. Solovki historical and cultural complex is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.

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Moscow international festival “Circle of light” 26.09-04.10

Moscow International Festival “Circle of Light” – an annual event in which lighting designers and professionals in the field of 2D and 3D graphics using architectural space as an object of Moscow’s multimedia and lighting installations. The festival is orginized by the Department of the media and advertising in Moscow. For the festival “Circle of Light” Russian and international designers, artists and art-painters prepare light and multimedia shows, creating video mapping on the facades of famous buildings, monuments and cultural buildings in Moscow, as well as integrate their ideas into the architectural space of the city. All of the festival events are free for spectators. The festival will be help from 26 of September till 04 of October.

The big theater with Egyptian projection, Moscow

The big theater with Egyptian projection, Moscow

Link to full description of festival and map of events: http://lightfest.ru/en/

Interesting events in Russia on weekend 29-30 of August

Below is a list of interesting events on the weekend from 29 to 30 of August.

Oranienbaum Maritime Festival

Oranienbaum Maritime Festival

“Wings of Tauris” over Zhukovsky

When: August 25-30.
Where: Moscow region, Zhukovsky.
Price: from 850 rubles.
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Maritime Festival in Oranienbaum

When: August 29-30.
Where: St. Petersburg, Petrodvortsovsky district, the city of Lomonosov.
Price: Free.
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Fall of Rubble

Crisis comes back to Russia. Rubble is falling again. It’s sucks for people who live here but is a BIG plus for travelers because Russia now is chip as India. So you can get much more on your money.

Fall of rubble

Fall of rubble

Chronicles of falling on link: http://lenta.ru/chronicles/ruble/

Interesting events in Russia on weekend 08-09 of August

Below is a list of interesting events on the weekend from 08 to 09 of August.

IV Festival of Kites "Easy to fly! '"

IV Festival of Kites “Easy to fly! ‘”

Das Fest, Moscow

When: August 8,
Where: VDNKHa, Prospect Mira, 119 (metro VDNKHa)
Price: Free
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Festival of Kites “Easy to fly”, St. Petersburg

When: August 9 from 11:00 to 18:00
Where: The park of the 300th anniversary of St. Petersburg, Primorsky prospect, 157 (metro station “Staraya derevnya”)
Price: Free
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Bravery and stupidity, Moscow Red Bull Flugtag Review

On Sunday, July 26 on the rowing channel Krylatskoye held traditional competitions improvised aerial vehicles Red Bull Flugtag. Teams in the strange-looking vehicle devices have been the most original act on the ramp and then jump off it into the water. The jury assessed the original number and range.

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Link to full review: http://lenta.ru/video/2015/07/27/redbull/