Cathedral of St Sophia
Chamber of Facets
The Gothic Chamber of Facets is part of a palace built in 1433, and has been closed for renovation for several years.
Millennium of Russia Monument
This 16m-high, 300-tonne sculpture was unveiled in 1862 on the 1000th anniversary of the Varangian Prince Rurik’s arrival. A veritable...
Novgorod State United Museum
The highlight of this museum is its galleries of icons, one of the largest collections anywhere. Around 260 pieces have been placed in...
Novgorod’s Philharmonic Concert Hall, within the kremlin grounds, often hosts live classical and popular music concerts; check the...
Order takeaway snacks from the deli/bakery or cheap sit-down eats from the self-serve bistro, with an outdoor area in summer. Upstairs,...
Cathedral of St Sophia information
Lonely Planet review
This working cathedral, the kremlin’s focal point, was finished in 1050. It has a simple, fortress-like exterior designed to withstand attack or fire (flames had taken out an earlier, wooden church on the site). The onion domes were probably added during the 14th century – even so, they are perhaps the first example of this most Russian architectural detail. The west doors, dating from the 12th century, have tiny cast-bronze biblical scenes and even portraits of the artists. The icons inside date from the 14th century; older ones are in the museum opposite.