Attractions

Top Choice Museum in Veliky Novgorod

Novgorod State United Museum

Within the kremlin walls is this must-see museum that houses three strikingly comprehensive exhibitions covering the history of Veliky Novgorod, Russian woodcarving and Russian icons. The latter contains one of the …
Top Choice Cathedral in Veliky Novgorod

Cathedral of St Sophia

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 Sop…
Top Choice Fortress in Veliky Novgorod

Veliky Novgorod Kremlin

On the west bank of the Volkhov River, and surrounded by a pleasant wooded park, the kremlin is one of Russia’s oldest. Originally called the Detinets (and still often referred to as such), the fortification dates t…
Top Choice Church in Veliky Novgorod

Church of the Transfiguration of Our Saviour on Ilyina Street

This compact church is famous for housing the only surviving frescoes by legendary Byzantine painter Theophanes the Greek (1378) – they came close to extinction when the church served as a Nazi machine-gun nest. Res…
Museum in Veliky Novgorod

Vitoslavlitsy

Vitoslavlitsy is an evocative open-air museum of 22 beautiful wooden peasant houses and churches, some dating back to the 16th century, and the highlight being the soaring Church of the Nativity of Our Lady (1531). …
Monument in Veliky Novgorod

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 moment heralded as the start of Russian history. It depicts 127 figures capture…
Monastery in Veliky Novgorod

St George’s Monastery

Set amid peaceful marsh and lakelands a 15-minute bus ride south of the Veliky Novgorod town centre, the picturesque St George’s Monastery makes for a relaxing excursion. Founded in 1030 by Yaroslav the Wise, the mo…
Historic Site in Veliky Novgorod

Yaroslav's Court

Across a footbridge from the kremlin are the photogenic remnants of an 18th-century market arcade. Beyond that is the market gatehouse, an array of churches sponsored by 13th- to 16th-century merchant guilds, and a …
Notable Building in Veliky Novgorod

Belfry

The belfry, with its enormous steel bells, has a small bell museum and an observation platform providing good photo opps of the Cathedral of St Sophia on one side and fine views across the beach and river on the oth…
Church in Veliky Novgorod

St Nicholas Cathedral

The 12th-century Kyiv-style St Nicholas Cathedral is all that remains of the early palace complex of the Novgorod princes, from which Yaroslav’s Court gets its name. The cathedral holds church artefacts and temporar…