'Velikiy Novgorod – one of the oldest cities in Russia ' – so begins a tour of Novgorod, a majority of city guides. We release the guide home and go to their own, voluntarily sail on past. To to truly understand this city, feel the sweet, the salty-tart taste it difficult, sometimes brutal and bloody history, you'll need a week. But just around the main memorial sites, making a hundred or beautiful photos, very real, and one or two days. Our first stop – Ancient Trading or Yaroslav's Court. Its name, this place got the name of Prince Yaroslav the Wise, who at the turn of the X-XI centuries built here Big Duke's Palace, the magnificence surpassing all similar structures in Europe (until today has not survived).
Ancient Trading was one of the places where Veche, here came from different Russian cities and the Hanseatic ships, and here was in full swing trade. During a walk through these places you probably wonder why in one place, a few meters from each other, located just seven churches. The answer is simple: large merchant guilds, had their own backyards to the Marketplace, so secure a place in Novgorod, built temples for their money. An exception is the oldest building of Yaroslav's Court – St. Nicholas Cathedral, built in 1113 by Prince Mstislav. Crossing the bridge over the , you get to the heart of Veliky Novgorod, Kremlin. The first mention of 'Detinets', so it was called the ancient, refers to 1044.