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Pskov travel attractions

Pskov is one of the most ancient cities in Russia. As Novgorod the Great, Pskov was a feudal republic governed by the People`s Veche. Veche was a democratic institution, the precursor of Parliament, where the issues of home and foreign policy were discussed.

Both historically and culturally Pskov is very attractive. In the center of the city there are many historic sites, which is quite reasonable considering the age of the city and its value for Russia. Moreover, there are several sites around Pskov, which are at least as interesting for visiting: Pskovo-Pechersky Monastery and Izborsk Fortress (on the way to Riga), and Pushkinskiye Gory (on the way to Moscow).

In the 8 century Pskov was a strong fortress with wooden and then stone walls. And already in the chronicle of 903 it is mentioned as a city, so Pskov is rightly considered one of the most ancient cities of the Russian state. Before the 18 century Pskov was also one of the largest cities of the Russian state, along with Moscow, Kiev and Novgorod the Great.

The remaining architectural complex of the Pskov Kremlin is unfortunately rather modest. The entrance to the Kremlin is at the Dovmont`s Gorodishche (ancient settlement). Passing within the walls you get in the citadel, which is called Krom and not Kremlin in Pskov. The big Trinity Cathedral is at the heart of the Krom.

The cathedral faced the Veche square where all popular assemblies as well as votes were held. Apart from the Trinity Cathedral there remained no other important buildings within the Kremlin. But after visiting the Kremlin you must have a walk around it. You may have the most picturesque views of the walls and towers of the Kremlin at the confluence of the rivers Velikaya and Pskova.

After you have viewed the Kremlin and its environs you may have a walk along the embankment of the river Velikaya. By all means should you visit the Historical and Architectural and Art Museum Reserve located at the historic complex called the Pogankin Chambers. Within the city there remained two ancient monasteries: Mirozhsky Monastery (to the south of the Kremlin on the river Velikaya) and Snetogorsky Monastery (to the north of the Kremlin on the river Velikaya).

After you have looked around the sights of Pskov you must spare a day for visiting Izborsk (30 km of Pskov) and Pskovo-Pechersky Monastery (50 km of Pskov) on the way to Riga. Izborsk sights include the fortress of the 14 century, the Truvor`s Gorodishche and the Slavonic Springs at the Lake Gorodishchenskoye. 

In Pechory, in the immediate vicinity of the Estonian border, is the famous Pskovo-Pechersky Monastery, which is also called Lavra to stress its significance. 

If you love the works of Pushkin, you may also plan a one-day trip to Pushkinskiye Gory (110 km to the south of Pskov). At Pushkinskiye Gory the Pushkin family estate is located, as well as the Svyatogorsky Monastery where the great poet was buried.

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The Pskov Kremlin as viewed from the Velikaya river
The main house of the Mussorgsky`s estate at Naumovo.
The walls of the Pskov Kremlin and the Bell tower
The Trinity Cathedral and the Bell Tower on the Veche Square
Cathedrals and churches of Pskov Caves Monastery
The churches of Pskov Caves Monastery are on the slopes of ravine, which was surrounded by strong walls
View of the Mirozhsky monastery from the Pokrovsky tower
The Cathedral of the Nativity of John the Baptist was built in 1243. This is one of the oldest temples of Pskov
Transfiguration Cathedral in Mirozhsky monastery. The 12th century fresco: Jesus Christ on the throne with the Virgin
Transfiguration Cathedral in the Mirozhsky monastery. 12th century fresco: the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ
The Pskova river joining the Velikaya river between the Ploskaya and High towers of the Pskov Kremlin 
Soviet embankment (on the right) and the Pskov Kremlin (on the left) on the banks of the Pskova river 
The Ploskaya tower guarding the mouth of the Pskova river on the side of the Pskov Kremlin
The Lukovka Tower is the most powerful and highest tower of the fortress Izborsk
St. Nicholas Cathedral (14th century) in the center of 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
Artillery defending Izborsk fortress in different years
The Slavonic Springs (Spring of 12 Apostles) near the Izborsk fortress
Embankment of the Velikaya river along the fortress wall of the Okilny town
The fortress wall of the Kremlin and the embankment of the Velikaya river
The Velikaya river at Pskov
The bench of Onegin on the high bank of the river at Trigorskoye
A hill over Lake Kuchane. The house of А. S. Pushkin at Mikhaylovskoye is on the hill. 
View from Savkina Gorka hillfort to the river Sorot near the estate of Alexander Pushkin in Mikhailovskoe
View of the Malskaya valley from the top of Truvorov Hillfort in Izborsk
Gremyachia tower defended the upper reaches of the river Pskov, where it entered inside firtified walls
The Pokrovskaya tower was on the east side of the Okolny City of Pskov.
The Church of the Intercession and the Nativity at the Breach (16 century) near the Pokrovskaya tower.
Courtyard Pogankinyh chambers in Pskov (18th century)
The Church of St. Basil on the Gorka (1413) in the middle of October Square in Pskov.
The Church of St. Nicholas on the Usokha (15 century) on October Square in Pskov.
The chancel side of Epiphany Church at the Zapskovye (15 century).
Peter and Paul Church at the Buy (15 century) at the Middle City of Pskov
The Church of the Assumption at the Ferry was built at the Olga`s Bridge in the 16 century