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The city of Novgorod!

Novgorod is situated in the North-West of Russia, near  Volkhov river. It is one of the most ancient cities of this country. It was formed  10th century and later became  a political center of Slavic and Fino-Ugric tribes. When  Christianity came here, Novgorod became a powerful sacred center.

Many years ago the territory of Novgorod  stretched up from Baltic lands and Finland in the West to northern Urals in the East. During a lot of time it was a big political center of Russia. Also the territory of Novgorod was a great international trade center, which connected  northern Europe with Asia in 8th century.

Novgorod is a birthplace of  democratic and republican  traditions. During many years all the important  decisions about foreign policy and life of the city were taken by the "veche". It is an ancient parliament, which included in it only members of  aristocratic families.

It should be noted, that Novgorod was one of the Russian's biggest centers of  literacy and book production. Owing to  great Prince Yaroslav The Wise Novgorod became the first city, where school to train three hundred children was opened.

Novgorod was also a big center of art in Europe. It was very famous its icon-painting, architectural traditions, jeweler's and decorative applied art and many other interesting things. There is an architectural-ethnographic museum "Vitoslavlitsy", which is situated on the ope air. it includes  ancient churches of the 16th - 18th centuries,  houses of the 19th - early 20th centuries and also  exhibitions of folk art.

If you visit the historical center of  Novgorod you will see a lot of wonderful and unusual things. It will be really an amazing excursion.