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Izborsk travel guide

The town Izborsk is located 30 kilometers from Pskov on the way to Riga. There you must visit the nearby ancient sights: the Izborsk fortress and the Truvor Gorodishche (ancient settlement), as well as the nearby Slavonic Springs and the Lake Gorodishchenskoye. 

The story has it that Slovensk was founded earlier than Pskov by the prince Sloven and then was renamed Izborsk in honor of his great grandson Izbor. And this is proven by some historic evidences.

Generally, the sightseeing begins from the Izborsk fortress. It is the most important and interesting sight of Izborsk. The restoration of 2012 made it possible to reconstruct and preserve the cultural value of the place, as well as open for public the walls and towers, which were closed for bad condition.

From the Lukovka (onion) tower the path leads to the next sight of Izborsk, the Slavonic Springs at the Lake Gorodishchenskoye. These healing springs have been known for over a thousand years. The waters of various springs join in a single stream called the river of life. The river flows into the Lake Gorodishchenskoye. On a good summer day one can rent a boat and have a ride on the lake.

From the Lake Gorodishchenskoye you should proceed to the nearby Truvor`s Gorodishche. It is there that the ancient settlement of the Kryvychi was located. And this proto-town was founded much earlier than Pskov.

Going towards the Pskovo-Pechersky Monastery at the village Gusinets one can turn right to the village Maly to visit the Malsky Monastery of the Nativity of Christ. Besides the monastery, one can admire the very beautiful nature. As all other sights of Izborsk, this monastery is in the Izboro-Malskaya valley, connecting the Lake Gorodishchenskoye and the Lake Mal`skoye. This hilly land is very picturesque. 

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The Lukovka Tower is the most powerful and highest tower of the fortress Izborsk
Medieval cannons behind the walls of Izborsk fortress
Artillery defending Izborsk fortress in different years
St. Nicholas Cathedral (14th century) in the center of Izborsk fortress
The Slavonic Springs (Spring of 12 Apostles) near the Izborsk fortress
The Lake Gorodishchenskoye where the Slavonic Springs flow in
View of the Malskaya valley from the top of Truvorov Hillfort in Izborsk
Church of Nikola from the Hillfort (17th century) on top of Truvorovo Hillfort
Truvorov cross (14th century) in the cemetery near the Church of Nikola from the Hillfort on top of Truvorovo Hillfort in Izborsk
Gorodishchenskoye lake at the foot of Truvorovo Hillfort in Izborsk
Towers Ryabinovka and Vyshka in Izborsk Fortress
On top of this hill in the 8th century was Truvorovo Hillfort in Izborsk
Views of Gorodishchensky lake from Lukovka Tower – the tallest tower of the fortress Izborsk
Powerful fortress wall of Izborsk fortress overlooking Gorodishchenskoe lake
A merchant house of the beginning of 20 century in Pecherskaya street now occupied by a museum of merchant household.
Merchant houses in Pecherskaya street of Izborsk now occupied by museum expositions.
The zhalnichny burial ground or skudelnya (ancient name of cemetery) with stone crosses. 
Historical houses in Pecherskaya street of Izborsk turned in museums.
Each of 12 streams of the healing spring has its own name 
The Life river flowing over the stones into the Lake Gorodishchenskoye
The Slavonic Springs have been near the Izborsk fortress for over a thousand years
Swans in Gorodishchensky lake live for many centuries