Thursday 17 December 2009

Veliky Novgorod, Russia

The most historic city of north west Russia, and beautiful too.  This was sent to me through PostCrossing on 23 November 2009.  It does have a clear postmark but not one that I can read.

The UNESCO description reads:
Situated on the ancient trade route between Central Asia and northern Europe, Novgorod was Russia's first capital in the 9th century. Surrounded by churches and monasteries, it was a centre for Orthodox spirituality as well as Russian architecture. Its medieval monuments and the 14th-century frescoes of Theophanes the Greek (Andrei Rublev's teacher) illustrate the development of its remarkable architecture and cultural creativity.

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  1. Coldly beautiful. Very much so.

  2. Such a pretty scene, perfect for this Christmas season!

  3. Hello,

    Love your blog. May I take this opportunity to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.


  4. So much history captured in that photograph. As you say, the very origins of Russia spring from Novgorod, and Rurik's establishment of his dynasty there in 842. But you know all that...


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