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Reasons to travel to Pskov

Often referred to as the Town of Purling Waters, Pskov is a unique historic destination in Russia. Here are some brief facts: year of Founding - 903, population - 202,780, interesting fact - In March 1917, the last Russian tsar abdicated his throne in this city.

The first historic mention of Pskov was in the wedding record of Igor of Kiev to St. Olga in 903. With a foundation in love and romance, how could this city be anything but enchanting?

Teetering on the border of Russia and Estonia, Pskov, like most Russian cities, has seen its share of war. One of its most important heroes was Dovmont, a Lithuanian prince who fortified the town in 1266. The 14th century found Pskov as the center of a young republic, seen by Europe as the westernmost Russian outpost. This position brought it dozens of attacks and sieges, rendering unspeakable damage to the city's relics and buildings. Eventually, though, the city and republic fell in 1510 to Muscovite forces.

Modern Pskov still provides a plethora of historic sites that have withstood warfare. The city walls themselves date back to the 13th century, enduring attacks from the Muscovites, the Polish, the German, and other invaders. One of the landmarks to certainly place on your Pskov itinerary is the Trinity Cathedral which looms inside the medieval citadel, holding the tomb of Dovmont, the Lithuanian prince.

In contrast, Pskov also boasts a number of small, quaint churches such as St. Basil's on the Hill, St. Nicholas's from Usokha, and St. George's from the Downhill which you can check out during your Pskov sightseeing tour. Moreover, the Pskov Monastery of the Caves is a must-see; it is the oldest still-functioning monastery in Russia. And, for the literature fans, the grave of Alexander Pushkin resides just outside the city.

Best Things to Do in Pskov

  • Explore the Trinity Cathedral of Pskov
  • See the Pskov Monastery of the Caves
  • Touch history by the 13th-century city walls
 

Stroll through this historically rich city, bask in the reverence of its churches, or pay homage to one of the world's greatest poets.

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