Cathedral of St Sophia
Chamber of Facets
Part of a palace built in 1433, the Gothic chamber once housed Novgorod's Supreme Court and was the scene of many ceremonies and...
Millennium of Russia Monument
This gargantuan 16m-high, 100-tonne sculpture was unveiled in 1862 on the 1000th anniversary of the Varangian Prince Rurik’s arrival, a...
The Belfry, with its enormous steel bells, also has an observation platform.
Novgorod’s Philharmonic Concert Hall often hosts live classical and popular music concerts; check the website for the schedule and...
Nudgng the kremlin complex, this cavernous place is suitably ye-olde Novgorod, with faux-frescoes on the ceiling and artefacts on the...
Cathedral of St Sophia information
This is the oldest church in Russia (finished in 1050) and one of the country's oldest stone buildings. It's the kremlin's focal point and you couldn't miss it if you tried – its golden dome positively glows . St Sophia houses many icons dating from the 14th century, but none are as important as that of Novgorod's patron saint, Our Lady of the Sign, which, the story goes, miraculously saved the city from destruction in 1170 after being struck by an arrow.
The cathedral's domes were probably added during the 14th century – they are perhaps the first example of this most Russian of architectural details. The west doors, dating from the 12th century, have tiny cast-bronze biblical scenes and portraits of the artists.