Nizhny Novgorod city is one of then most interesting direction for excursion tourism. It is located on a place of confluence of Oka and Moscow rivers. Nizhny Novgorod is one of the largest  industrial cities, but it also has the characteristic features of an old provincial city with very beautiful sights.

There is one more reason to go there – to see the city of Gorky that was so much heard of in the west during the «cold war». The city was closed for foreigners. It was just there that the dissidents were sent who criticized the Soviet regime.

The city atmosphere is created by the two greatest Russian rivers: the Volga (the longest river in Europe) and the Oka (one of the biggest rivers in the Central Russia). They flow together in the city, forming the huge «Strelka» (Arrow). This «Strelka» looks very pictures-que from the high banks of the river. The upper city is located on the high hills with steep slopes.

A strong fortress is atop the tall hill in the Old Town. It is the Kremlin of Nizhniy Novgorod. Its walls and towers have been fully preserved, and you should walk along them. Kremlin mainly houses administrative buildings. There is also an interesting museum of defense technologies, which were manufactured at the plants of Nizhniy Novgorod. Kremlin is the most interesting sight of Nizhniy Novgorod and you should visit it, as well as the neigh-bouring streets and squares, in the first place.

Besides the Kremlin, you may plan a walk along the two pedestrian embankments of Nizhniy Novgorod. One of them, Fedorovsky Embankment, goes from the Kanavinsky Bridge to the monument to Minin and Pozharskiy located in front of the Kremlin. The other one, Upper Volga Embankment, goes from the walls of the Kremlin (the monument to Chkalov) to Sennaya Square. At warm nights these embankments are one of the most fa-vourite promenades of the citizens.

From Nizhniy Novgorod you may go on a very interesting excursion to Diveyevo. It is one of the most important sacred places for the Russian Orthodox Church, the place where the relics of St. Seraphim Sarovsky are kept. As well, not far from Nizhniy Novgorod, just on the Volga there is another well-known monastery – Holy Trinity monastery of St Makary Zheltovodsky.

Also, it will be interesting to make a trip to the Lake Svetloyar, near the village Vladimirs-koye (110 km). According to the legend, the invisible city of Kitezh is at its bottom, and in quiet weather one can allegedly hear the ringing of church bells and singing of people.

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Church of the Nativity of Our Lady (Stroganovskaya) in the center of Zapochainie
Makaryevskaya Church (1808) and Trinity Cathedral (1658) in the Makaryevsky Monastery near Nizhny Novgorod
The powerful fortress walls of the Makaryevsky Monastery were built in 1662
Domes of the churches of Zapochainie at the foot of the Kremlin wall
Sunset over the strelka of the Oka and the Volga as viewed from the Fedorovsky Embankment
Zapochainie and the confluence of the rivers Volga and Oka as viewed from the Kremlin wall
Exposition of the World War II military machines near the Dmitrovskaya tower at the walls of the Nizhniy Novgorod Kremlin
Church of the Nativity of John the Baptist in the Ivanovsky syezd at Zapochainie
Monument to Minin and Pozharsky at the walls of the Kremlin at Zapochainie
Steep descent of Pozharskiy street running along the walls of the Kremlin toward Zelensky syezd
The iconostasis of the Cathedral of Alexander Nevsky in Nizhny Novgorod
The Cathedral of Alexander Nevsky is the main temple of Nizhny Novgorod
The walls of the Kremlin go down to the Volga river
The building of the State Bank on Bolshaya Pokrovskaya street in Nizhny Novgorod
Nizhniy Novgorod Kremlin as viewed from the opposite bank of the Oka river
The large wooden Church of the Intercession in the Shchelkovsky Farm Museum was built in 1731
Walking terraces of the Fedorovsky Embankment
Maksim Gorky Monument in the Fedorovsky Embankment
Steep staircases and bridges over the hills of the Fedorovsky Embankment
Monument to the founders of Nizhniy Novgorod, the Prince George Vsevolodovich and the Saint Simon at the Kremlin 
Kanavinsky bridge as viewed from the Fedorovsky Embankment
Annunciation Cathedral at the Kanavinsky bridge on the high bank of the Volga
Alexander Nevsky Cathedral was built at the spit of the Oka and the Volga in 1867
Nizhniy Novgorod Fair was once the most famous fair in Russia
Monument to the pilot Chkalov on the top of the Chkalov Staircase at the wall of the Nizhniy Novgorod Kremlin
Estate of Rukavishnikov at Upper-Volga embankment in Nizhny Novgorod
The Palace of Labour on the Big Pokrovskaya street in Nizhny Novgorod near Kremlin
Gorky Drama Theatre in the Bolshaya Pokrovskaya street
The building of the Fine Art Museum in Nizhny Novgorod Kremlin
Literary Museum of A. Gorky in Nizhny Novgorod, located in the mansion of Burmistrov