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A tour of Russia offers you the chance to experience some of the most historic cities in Europe, and that includes Novgorod. Located between St. Petersburg and Moscow, this city of about 218,700, has some of the most historic weight of any destination in the country. Whether you enjoy visiting majestic churches, or would prefer to amble down one of its many relaxing side streets, Novgorod has something for everyone.
Novgorod maintains a place as one of the oldest cities in Russia. In fact, the city operated as the political hub of Russia for nearly 600 years after its founding in the 9th century. Today it is more recognized for its laid back atmosphere and rich cultural heritage rather than its political importance, but its significant place in the country's history is evident around every corner, something that is certainly true at St. Sophia Cathedral.
Built in the 11th century, St. Sophia Cathedral is among the oldest buildings in Russia currently still in use. In addition to being a sterling example of Russian architecture, thanks in large part to its five domes, the cathedral is also a popular destination due to its numerous beautiful frescoes. There are many other smaller churches strewn throughout Novgorod including St. Nichols Cathedral and St. Theodor's church.
You should also take time to enter the city's Kremlin, or Detinets, which is open to visitors for free. Located on the banks of the Volkhov River, the compound not only offers glimpses into a part of Russian history that was once shrouded in mystery, it also offers beautiful views of the city as well as several landmarks of its own, including Millennium of Russia, one of the country's most famous sculptures.
Look down in wonder at Buckingham Palace, the Palace of Westminster and St Paul’s Cathedral from your glass-walled pod on the London Eye, then gaze out over the Louvre and the Champs-Elysees from the top of the Eiffel Tower.
The scent of rich pine forests lingers in the breeze as the 13th-century ruins of Turaida Castle are revealed before your eyes in the lush Gauja River valley in a medieval sanctuary untouched by the march of time.
The aroma of dark roasted Viennese coffee hangs thick in the air as you tread the cobblestone laneways and bask in the elegant architecture, atmospheric cafes and refined restaurants in one of the most beautiful cities in Eastern Europe.
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