Novgorod is a beautiful city in Russia, I am just back from a visit.
Veliky Novgorod (Russian: Вели́кий Но́вгород, IPA: [vʲɪˈlʲikʲɪj ˈnovɡərət]), also known as Novgorod the Great, or Novgorod Veliky, or just Novgorod, is one of the most important historic cities in Russia, which serves as the administrative center of Novgorod Oblast. It is situated on the M10 federal highway connecting Moscow and St. Petersburg. The city lies along the Volkhov River just downstream from its outflow from Lake Ilmen.
Population: 218,717 (2010 Census); 216,856 (2002 Census); 229,126 (1989 Census). At its peak during the 14th century, the city was the capital of the Novgorod Republic and one of Europe’s largest cities.
Anyway, I was there to visit my wife’s parents. I stayed a week and had the luck to visit quite a few wonderful places.
First, is the Novgorod Kremlin, which is a giant castle-like enclosed area, with turrets, moats and the like, situated on a bluff above the Volkhov River.
I did a Photo Tour there one evening.
There is a foot bridge that crosses the Volkhov River connecting the Kremlin to a part of the city with many very old churches. We strolled over and about.
As the sun set the colors were amazing. It was an incredibly pleasant city for a sunset stroll!
Not far from the city is a famous Monastery, St. George’s Monastery. We visited and walked about. There is a walled, enclosed area, and several churches, one of which we visited inside. The monastery is along the shores of a lake, and out side is a beach filled with people sunbathing and having a cookout!
There was another monastery we visited, arrived just as it was closing, and so I was only able to sneak in for a few quick pics before they locked me in!