About sight: Dovmont`s Town

For several centuries the Dovmont's Town has been at the foot of the hill with the Pskov Krom. The shaping of its architectural ensemble began in the 13 century. It was named in honor of the Lithuanian prince Dovmont who was baptized by the name of Timothy and after the marriage with the daughter of Alexander Nevsky ruled over Pskov during 1266-99.
The Dovmont's Town is faced by the Persi Wall of the Pskov Kremlin. In front of this wall on a small space of one and a half hectares there were built 18 churches during 12-16 centuries. 
The temples of the Dovmont's Town were the religious centers of 6 «sides» of Pskov and its 12 suburbs. In those years the sides were self-governed districts of the city with equal rights in the Pskov veche. 
For centuries the Dovmont's Town was the administrative center of Pskov, that is, there were located the «administrations» of the sides of the city. However, in the course of time, when the veche republic of Pskov ceased to exist, there representatives of the sides of the city were no longer unnecessary, and in the period of 16-18 centuries the churches of the Dovmont's Town were dismantled. 
The Dovmont's Town most suffered during the Northern war when Peter I had dismantled most of the churches to put there an artillery battery, as Pskov played an important role in the defense of Russia from the Swedes.
Since the time of Peter I most temples of the Dovmont's Town were buried up to the roof. However, the large-scale excavations of the 20 century made it possible to see the layout of the Dovmont's Town, although only foundations remained of the churches. In two churches, the Church of St. Nicholas on Dam and the Intercession Church, there were discovered the wall paintings of the 14 century.

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