Western European Russia

Rising from a high narrow cape on the banks of the Velikaya River, Pskov's mighty kremlin (also known as the Krom) is the most complete portion of a fortress that once had five layers, 37 towers, 14 gates and an overall length of 9.5km. The walls and towers of the 15th-to-16th-century Outer Town (Окольный город) can still be seen along ul Sverdlova, the Velikaya River embankment and across the tributary Pskova River.

The largest tower – a whopping 90m in diameter and 50m tall – is the Pokrovskaya Bashnya. Dovmont Town can be found in the southern corner of the complex.

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1. Trinity Cathedral

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This blindingly white 72m-high structure, with its top dome shining gold, can be seen from miles away on a clear day. Consecrated in 1699, it’s the fourth…

2. Dovmont Town

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Named after an early Pskov prince (also known as Daumantas, who ruled the independent city between 1266 and 1299), the preserved foundations of a dozen or…

3. Writ Chamber

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This 17th-century stone building once held the administrative chambers of Pskov. Today it houses a small museum that gives some insight into the workings…

4. Epiphany Church of Zapskovie

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This attractive, working church overlooking the Pskova River was built in 1494 and includes a separately standing five-column belfry – its open gables and…

6. Mirozhsky Monastery

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Mirozhsky Monastery sits on the riverbank at the confluence of the rivers Velikaya and Mirozhka, where it gets its name from. The highlight of this 12th…

8. Pokrovskaya Bashnya

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At 50m tall and with a 90m diameter, this is the tallest tower of Pskov's 15th- to 16th-century Outer Town in the kremlin complex.