Pskov Kremlin attractions

The formation of the Pskov Kremlin as a fortified citadel began when most other Russian cities weren`t even founded. Pskov is one of the most ancient cities in Russia, and the Kremlin is its heart.

Having the shape of a triangle the Pskov Kremlin, which is locally called «Krom», is at the place where the Pskova river joins the Velikaya river. Of course, the first several hours of your Pskov tour you should spent just there. 

Unfortunately, the architectural ensemble of the Pskov Kremlin is rather modest. The main temple of the city – the Trinity Cathedral – is in the very center of the Pskov Kremlin. Near it are the Bell tower and the Bishop`s House. All other buildings of the Pskov Kremlin were destroyed. First of all, it is the Annunciation Cathedral, which was built on Veche Square in the 19 century and was blown up in 1933.

The walled Dovmont Town, the administrative center of the city at the time of the Pskov feudal republic, is at the entrance to the Pskov Kremlin. In 12-16 centuries in the town there were built 18 churches representing all districts of the city. From there one can enter the Pskov Kremlin by the Bell Tower. 

Just beyond the gate of the Bell Tower is a long, curved passage between the walls called «zakhab», which could be easily shot, if the enemy got in the fortress. The zakhab leads to the Veche Square. Today the cross is in the center of the square, on the site of the lost Annunciation Cathedral. 

After the walk on the Veche Square you should enter the Trinity Cathedral. The today, fourth cathedral was built in 1699. At the time of the feudal republic it was not only the metropolitan cathedral, but also the place where the state treasury, the archive and the other important documents were kept.

Leaving the cathedral you should go to the Kutekroma tower. Near it is a small gate by which you can pass to the Ploskaya (Flat) tower located at the place where the Pskova joins the Velikaya river.