Its name meaning ‘old Izborsk’, this sleepy village is indeed ancient – it celebrated its 1150th anniversary in 2012. The main attraction here is the ruined stone fortress, which overlooks lovely countryside, and there's the peaceful Gorodishchenskoye Lake further afield. There are a few small museums worth visiting and this is a great spot to take a break and get a taste of the Russian rural way of life for a day or so.
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