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Church in Staraya Ladoga

St George’s Church

The small stone St George’s Church is only open May to October in order to protect the remains of the delicate 12th-century frescoes still visible on its walls.
Historic Site in Staraya Ladoga

Staraya Ladoga Fortress

Towards the southern end of the village, and with an excellent view along the river, the 7m-thick walls and stout towers of this fortress are slowly being rebuilt. Inside the grounds you’ll find the small stone St G…
Monastery in Staraya Ladoga

Nikolsky Monastery

This attractive walled complex dates to the 12th century and is still in the process of being rebuilt following its decommissioning during the Soviet years. The main church and bell tower now look quite handsome. Ne…
Church in Staraya Ladoga

Church of John the Baptist

Marking the north end of the village, this blue onion-domed church dates from 1695 and is pretty as a picture with a colourful iconostasis and frescoes.
Russian in Staraya Ladoga

Knyaz Rurik

Rurik’s family tree is painted across the brick wall of this small, nicely designed restaurant, which screens videos of the village’s sights and displays ye olde local shields as further decoration. Portions of soup…
Museum in Staraya Ladoga

Historical-Architectural & Archaeological Museum

Displays an interesting retrospective of the area’s history, including a scale model of how the fortress once looked, items found on archaeological digs and English explanations.