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Jewels of Russia

Jewels of Russia

In this direction of our site we offer you to see the other cities of Russia, situated not far from St. Petersburg. Among so called ?Jewels of Russia? or ?The Silver Ring of Russia? there are such cities as Pskov, Great Novgorod and Vyborg.

Pskov and Great Novgorod are the historical cities that have kept examples of traditional Russian architecture. Old Ladoga and Olonets ? small towns that can tell tourists about old times and about the beginning of the history of Russia.

Northern fortresses are the wonderful examples of Russian fortification. Ivangorod, Koporye and Oreshek have old fortresses that defended the boundaries of our country from foreign intrusion. Vyborg is a unique Russian city that for a long time was owned by Europe. That?s why in Vyborg you can find the one roman castle in Russia.

Karelia is a beautiful part of Russia with amazing nature and monuments of culture. If you want to understand severe character and beauty of Russian North you should visit Karelia.

?The Silver Ring of Russia? or ?The Jewels of Russia? always draws attention of tourists from all four corners of the Globe. Our company can organize for you the travel to these cities and regions of our country from St. Petersburg.

Northwest fortresses
Northwest fortresses

The variety of different age-old fortresses and fortifications are located in the northwest of Russia. Before the XVII century there was a borderland of Russia with Europe in the northwest. That?s why at that territory there are many fortifications that served as outposts, protected Russia from foreign aggressors such as Swedes, Poles and Germans. Nowadays these fortresses became museums that told tourists about the military history of Russia.


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Vyborg
Vyborg

The history of the city Vyborg began in 1293 when Swedes built a castle and called it Vyborg. The castle and town around it belonged to Swedes till the XVIII century. During that period Vyborg often was at risk of an attack of the forces of Novgorod. In 1403 Vyborg got a status of the city and began an active trade with the cities of Hanse. In 1442-48 Karl Knutsson Bonde ruled in Vyborg and reconstructed the castle that became one of the most beautiful fortresses of the Swedish kingdom. In the XVI century the city developed: churches, schools and fortifications were erected.


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Olonets
Olonets

Olonets is a small provincial town in the Republic Karelia, but it has a long history. The archeological researches gave us the information that there was an ancient settlement of phehistoric man at the place of the modern Olonets. The first record of Olonets is dated to the XII century. In 1649 Olonets got a status of the town.


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Old Ladoga
Old Ladoga

Old Ladoga is a village in Leningrad?s region. According to legend, Ladoga was the first capital of Russia. It was founded in 753, but the archeological finds said that there was a settlement of Scandinavians on that place before the VIII century. In 830-s Ladoga was captured by Varangians and became a trade center of that region. In 870 a first fortress was erected in Ladoga that became a part of the famous trade path ? ?From Varangians to Greeks?.


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Pskov
Pskov

Pskov is a city in the north-west of Russia. It is a city that history numbers more than 1100 years. The first record of Pskov is dated to the X century but the archeological finds prove that there was a settlement on that place at the turn of the eras.


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Karelia
Karelia

The Republic of Karelia is located in the North-West district of Russia. Karelia is world-known with its unique unsullied nature: rocks, hills and plains, fir and pine forests, crystal pure lakes and rivers. Fauna of Karelia amazed not less than flora. There are 63 species of mammals, 283 species of birds ? plenty of them entered in the Red Book.


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Great Novgorod
Great Novgorod

Novgorod or Great Novgorod is a city at the northwest of Russia. It is one of the oldest cities of Russia and its history numbers more that 1000 years. A first record of Novgorod is dated to the IX century.


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