St. Sophia Cathedral (1045-50)
Fragment of the icon Miracle of Our Lady of the Sign (Battle of Novgorod and Suzdal) at the Museum of Fine Arts in Veliky Novgorod, 1460 Cathedral of St. George in Yuriev Monastery, 1119 Clock-tower in the Novgorod Kremlin, built in 1673 Cathedral of the Nativity of the Virgin at the Monastery of St. Anthony, 1117-1119 Church of St. Andrew Stratilat (end of XV century) in front of the walls of the Novgorod Kremlin Vlasiy church, 1407 Church of St. Theodore Stratelates on the Creek, 1360-1361 Church of Saints Peter and Paul in Kozhevniki, 1406 Church of St. Procopius in Yaroslav's Court, 1529 Church of the Nativity of the Virgin of the village Peredki, XIV century.
    Now located in the territory of Museum of Wooden Architecture "Vitoslavlitsy"

Veliky Novgorod (Novgorod the Great) one of the Russia's oldest and most beautiful cities, has played an important role in the foundation of the Russian State. For several centuries it was a link between medieval Europe and Russia, and a center for international integration and trade. The Hanseatic League of the medieval Hansa, a trade system that is considered to be the prototype of the modern common European marketplace. The city is located in the North-West European part of Russia, 180 km from St. Petersburg.

About 50 of the most precious monuments of old Russian architecture, dating back to the period from 11th to 17th centuries, have now become part of the living and changing modern urban landscape. Passing through the city, you can touch the rough-plastered walls of the churches and see an ancient fresco. The history of the Novgorod churches, monasteries, convents and fortifications includes many chapters — some of them are truly wondrous and some are tragic.

Main places of visit during a private tour
by the Veliky Novgorod

Start your exploration at the Novgorod Fortress (Kremlin) and them continue along the western or left bank of the Volkhov River, Sophiyskaya Storona (Sophia Side), following with the right bank of the Volkhov River, Torgovaya Storona (Market Side), and ending with the monuments in the environs of Veliky Novgorod.

The Kremlin is certainly the most striking landmark in Veliky Novgorod. Referenced in the Chronicles since 1044, it was a religious, political, and cultural center of Novgorod Lands for centuries. Kremlin ensemble includes the most renowned monuments:
the St. Sophia Cathedral (1045-50), the St. Sophia's Belfry (15th century), the Archbishop's Chamber (1433), the St. Andreas Stratilates Church (15th-17th century), the St. Sergius of Radonezh Church (1463), the monument to the Millennium of Russia (1862), the State Museum of Arts and Culture.

The St. Sophia Cathedral is one of the oldest stone buildings of Northern Russia. It has three apses — the apse became the most important external feature of all subsequent typical church architecture. The central dome is a huge copy of the helmet of a warrior, capped by a bronze dove and a cross. (Legend says that Novgorod will remain in existence until the dove files away.) At the west entrance is the Korsun bronze door, supposedly brought from Magdeburg as booty in the 12th century. It depicts scenes from the Old and New Testaments, with Latin and Slavonic inscription. The murals are much later, having been painted over earlier ones in the 1830s. The best frescoes are in the southern part of the Cathedral.
Opposite of the St. Sophia Cathedral is the central square of the Kremlin with the Millenary Monument (sculptor M. Mikeshin). It is shaped like a bell and was erected in 1862 to commemorate 1,000 years of Russian history.

On the right (eastern) bank of the Volkhov, the Torgovaya Storona (Merchant Quarter) began by the Great Bridge that connected it to the Kremlin. The original center of the quarter was the Yaroslav's Courtyard. It is first described as a "court" in the chronicles of the 13th century, and it is knows that public meetings were held there. The partly enclosed complex is dominated by the St. Nicholas Cathedral, built in 1113-36 in Kiev style, with three naves; under its roof the remnants of the original four domes still exist. The graphic quality of its partially surviving murals is quite remarkable.

South and southwest of St. Nicholas are the churches of Zhen-Mironosits (Myrrh-Bearing Women) and St. Prokopius, both dating from the 16th century and built entirely of brick, though the roof of the former is wood. Northwest from St. Nicholas Cathedral we see the two-level gate-house of the Gostiny Dvor (Market Hall), with its double archways; its octagonal helmet-crowned tower dates from 1690s. One of the other churches of the Torg, the St. Paraskeva-Pyatnitsa (1207) is one of Novgorod's most original monuments, though it was somewhat modified in the 16th century. The other church, the Uspensky (Assumption of Our Lady), has retained only the ground plan of the 12th-century original. North of it the Church of St. George belongs to the 17th century with the exception of its lower walls which is part of the original 14th century stone buildings. West from here the Church of St. John the Forerunner on Opoki (1127-30) was the headquarters was the headquarters of the "Ivanovskoye Sto" merchant guild, housing its civil courts, and depository of the weights-and-measures officials. Entrance fee for merchants was 50 silver hryvnias - weight of one hryvnia silver in ancient Novgorod amounted 204 grams. The church included a merchant court that heard litigation on various commercial issues. In 1453 on the order from Archbishop Euphemius II, the old church was rebuilt on the original foundation.

The important sights of Novgorod's environs are mostly on the Volkhov River. South of Veliky Novgorod, at the rise of the Volkhov River close to the Like Ilmen, located the St. George (Yuriev) Monastery. It is one of Russia's oldest religious centers. It was founded in 1030 by a Russian prince, Yaroslav the Wise. The monastery's major temple, St.George Cathedral (1119), is amazingly harmonious, it looks like neatly cut of a white stone. In the Cathedral, the fragments of fresco painting of the 12th century can be seen.

Open-air Museum of Wooden Architecture "Vitoslavlitsy" founded in 1964, it occupies the area 33.4 hectares, washed from three sides by the Like Myachino and the Volkhov River. Ancient wooden structures have been relocated here from all over the Novgorod region. Today it is one of the places beloved both by locals and by guests who come to see it.

The icon of St. Nicholas (1294) from the exhibition "Russian icon XI-XIX centuries" at the Museum of Fine Arts in Veliky Novgorod Church of the Nativity of Our Lady on the Perun Hill, early 13th century Church of the Transfiguration of Our Savior on Ilyina Street, built in 1374. 
In the dome and in the Holy Trinity chapel partially preserved frescoes of Byzantine master Theophanes (1378) Holy Cross Cathedral St. George's Monastery. Built in the 18th century Church of the Transfiguration of Our Savior on Kovalevo Field, 1345 Church of the Redeemer on Mount Nereditsa - Transfiguration Church. 
Built in 1198 by Prince Yaroslav Vladimirivich and restored after World War II Church of the Assumption of Our Lady at Volotovo Field, 1352 Savior Transfiguration Cathedral (1515) - the main cathedral of the Varlaamo-Khutynsky Monastery Church of St. Paraskeva the Friday (1207) and St. Nicholas Cathedral (12th century) at Yaroslav's Courtyard On the territory of the Holy Trinity Monastery, founded by St. Mikhail Klopsky in XV century
Duration of the private tour — 12 hours, including time on the road to Veliky Novgorod and back
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Price includes:

entrance fees
transportation by car, minivan or coach
assistance of an English-speaking guide
(German, French, Spanish, and other languages upon request)
Number of pax 1 2 3 4 - 9 10 - 14 15 - 19
Price in € / person 387 199 152 117 65 53