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During my 10 day trip to St. Petersburg, i decided to pay a one day trip to the famous medieval city of Novgorod, which is a UNESCO heritage site. Despite the cold (less then 10 degrees), rainy and windy August weather, it was a great decision and a life time experience. The photo was taken during a rare sunshine through the clouds. Here you can see a part of the walls (Kremlin), St. Sophia Cathedral with its onion domes and the oldest bell tower in Russia.

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Veliky Novgorod (Russian: Великий Новгород) or just Novgorod, is one of the most important historic cities and among the oldest in Russia, founded in the 9th or 10th century. The Sofia First Chronicle first mentions it in 859; the Novgorod First Chronicle mentions it first in the year 862, when it was allegedly already a major station on the trade route from the Baltics to Byzantium.

No other Russian or Ukrainian city can compete with Novgorod in the variety and age of its medieval monuments. The foremost among these is the St. Sophia Cathedral, built between 1045 and 1050. It is one of the best preserved churches from the 11th century. It's also probably the oldest structure still in use in Russia and the first one to represent original features of Russian architecture (austere stone walls, five helmet-like domes). The Novgorod Kremlin, traditionally known as the Detinets, also contains the oldest palace in Russia (the so-called Chamber of the Facets, 1433), which served as the main meeting hall of the archbishops; the oldest Russian bell tower (mid-15th century), and the oldest Russian clock tower (1673).

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