The Leningrad region is rich in architectural monuments. Some are kept in excellent condition and are accessible for tourists. Most of them we know - Gatchina Palace, Peter and Paul Fortress, Priory Palace, Oreshek Fortress. I suggest you go for a walk through atypical monuments of architecture and see the Church of the Holy Trinity, Zapolye estate, Tikhvin Monastery of the Assumption, the Old Artist Fortress. We will also visit some places imbued with the atmosphere of creativity, in particular, the House Museum of F.M.Dostoevsky and the Museum-Estate of N.A.Rimsky-Korsakov. And just a leisurely stroll through the art museums of Veliky Novgorod.
Visit the estate of the famous cartoonist PE Shcherbov. We will visit the village of Gubanitsy and see the stone kirch in pseudogothic style. The church on the Fifth Mountain, surrounded by legends and mystical stories.
This place is not popular with tourists, as they simply do not know about it, but when you come to Gatchina you should definitely visit it. The estate belonged to the famous cartoonist Pavel Egorovich Shcherbov. Of interest is the building of the museum-estate, which was erected in 1911 in the style of Northern Art Nouveau by the author's project of the famous Russian architect S. S. Krichinsky. The one-storey part of the building faces the street, and the two-storey part faces the yard. The house has 10 rooms, well preserved original staircase of oak and fireplace of the early XX century. Pay attention to the opening hours: W-Wc: 10.00 - 17.00.
The Lutheran community in this place dates back to 1647 during the Swedish rule, and the first wooden church was erected here in the early 18th century. The current church building dates back to the middle of the 19th century. The stone church in pseudo-Gothic style was founded in 1861 by Eduard Lvovich Ghana. In Soviet times, the church was closed, and only in 1991 it was noticed and restored. Two dates can be found on the facade of the building: 1861 and 1991.
The beginning of construction of the Church of the Holy Trinity is considered 1826. The Church was erected on the money of Olga Konstantinovna, the widow of the secret adviser Fyodor Briskorn, in memory of her husband. The church is made in the Empire style. It is shaped like an oval, framed by 12 columns. Today it looks more like the ruins of an ancient temple than an Orthodox church. There is a legend that Olga Konstantinovna erected this temple not so much in memory of her husband, as to conceal their sins, as rumors go that she was despotic and could torture the serfs to death. And the rapid destruction of the temple shows that her soul was left without forgiveness.
I invite you to a restaurant of Caucasian cuisine for lunch.
In the past, the estate belonged to A.S. Pushkin's great-grandfather - Abram Petrovich Hannibal. The exposition of the estate consists of several sections, the main of which is dedicated to AP Hannibal and his numerous descendants.
We'll stop by Maryino for a while on the way. We will conduct a small sightseeing tour around the territory of one of the most magnificent manor ensembles of Russia of XIX century - the patrimonial estate Stroganov-Golitsyn.
An important military monument of the epoch of Alexander I, when the system of military settlements was created (1810-1857). The construction of this barracks complex began in 1823. Its size slightly exceeded that of similar complexes in other districts, as this complex was intended for two regiments at once.
I offer dinner in a cozy restaurant on the Alexander Nevsky Embankment. Here you can taste fragrant juicy dishes of the Middle East and Central Asia.
I suggest that you take your time exploring Veliky Novgorod, but go to the estate where Nikolai Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov finished his famous opera The Golden Cockerel, where he spent the last moments of his life. On the way to the estate we will see the St. John the Theologian Cheremenets Monastery and the Zapolye estate.
Today is a busy day for us. But before we go to visit N.A. Rimsky-Korsakov, it is necessary to eat properly!
The Russian composer had been filming Vecha's manor as a summer house since 1894 for six years. Here Nikolai Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov wrote such famous operas as Sadko and The Tale of Tsar Saltan. The Vecha house houses the exposition "Nature in the works of N.A. Rimsky-Korsakov", the stationary exhibition "Folk Applied Art of the Plus Region in the Early 19-20th Centuries". Also the memorial museum-estate of N.A. Rimsky-Korsakov includes the estate Lubensk, which the composer acquired in 1907. The last opera "The Golden Cockerel" was completed in Lubensk. Pay attention to the operating mode: between 11.00 and 16.00. Weekend is Monday. On public holidays the museum works only by request.
The estate is a cultural heritage site. It is located on the high shore of Lake Vrevo in the village Volodarskoe Luga district. The stone chapel, erected here in 1913, is of special interest. Bilderlinga, it is made of large granite blocks with Gothic elements in the architectural design of the facades, was conceived as a family burial vault.
On the way to Veliky Novgorod there is another miracle of Russian architecture - the St. John the Theologian Cheremenets Monastery. According to legend, it was founded in the second half of the XV century. The monastery is located on the shore of the picturesque Lake Cheremets. Its appearance is associated with a legend that a huge icon of the Holy Apostle and Evangelist John the Theologian appeared here to a local peasant.
A little snack. It offers dishes of Russian and European cuisine.
The permanent exposition of this museum is dedicated to the Russian art of XVII-XX centuries. It was opened in 2001 in the historic building of the Noble Assembly.
I suggest we take a leisurely walk in the park before dinner. The Kremlin Park is the visiting card of Veliky Novgorod.
New format of the restaurant, which combines the best of Italian, Japanese and Georgian cuisine. It's cozy as at home.
It's going to be a very educational day. We will visit a unique monument of the XV century, see the frescoes of a famous icon painter - Theophanes the Greek and visit the most interesting museum of artistic culture of the Novgorod land. We'll finish the day in a very atmospheric institution.
Here you can start your day with delicious pancakes and invigorating coffee. The panoramic windows of "Telegraf" offer a magical view of the Kremlin and Sofia Square.
This is a unique monument of the XV century, the only surviving construction of the architectural complex of the Lord's Court. The main reason why the Chamber arouses so much interest among the public - it is made in the style of Western European Gothic, a unique phenomenon in the history of ancient Russian architecture.
Let's visit another unique monument. Nowadays the Spaso-Preobrazhenskaya Church is a cultural heritage site of Russia and is included in the UNESCO list. The temple was erected in 1374, its value lies in frescoes, which belong to the famous icon painter Theophanes the Greek. They have been preserved in excellent condition and have no analogues in the world.
One more interesting monument of the XII century. Rescued on Nereditsa was laid in 1198 by Prince Yaroslav Vladimirovich in memory of his deceased sons. The church kept unique frescoes, which had no analogues in the world before the Great Patriotic War. In 1941 the church was completely destroyed. Now the Church of the Savior on Nereditsa has been restored and here you can see some surviving fragments of frescoes.
We'll have lunch at an Italian restaurant. Cozy, interesting interior, maybe you even want to take a picture in it.
The museum is located on the territory of the Tithe Monastery, an architectural monument of the XIV century. The museum presents works of art by Novgorod artists of the end of XX - beginning of XXI centuries.
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I suggest we spend the evening in a gastronomic bar. The concept of Zavod-bar implies laconic, but bright and clear filling of the menu, where the apogee of taste perfection is appetizing dishes from Russian oven.
On the way to the hotel you can take an excellent photo with the monument to a tourist installed in Veliky Novgorod in June 2009.
Today we leave Veliky Novgorod and go to the city of Staraya Russa, our way will go along the most picturesque lake Ilmen. We will even make one stop on the way near Mikhailo-Klopsky Trinity Monastery. Even today we will visit an interactive museum-reconstruction of a medieval manor and the House-Museum of F.M.Dostoevsky.
The Novgorod Centre for Contemporary Art includes the City Exhibition Centre and the Novgorod House of Photography. In total there are 5 exhibition halls with modern exhibition equipment and lighting in NCCI. It's open on weekdays.
After cultural enrichment, let's go to breakfast. Tea or coffee with dessert will be just in time. And while we are passing through the Volkhov River, we will once again see the most beautiful local sights.
On the way to Old Rusa we meet an unusual architectural monument of the XV century - Holy Trinity Michael-Clops Monastery. The main attraction of the monastery is the Holy Trinity Cathedral, founded in 1569. It has a complex composition with four exterior aisles, gallery and bell tower.
Interactive museum-reconstruction of a medieval manor of the XII century, located in the open air. The museum is unique as it was designed based on archaeological research and shows exactly how peasant life was arranged. The museum also features an exhibition of artifacts found in the city of Old Russa and a unique collection of salt from around the world. It's closed on Monday.
For lunch we will stop at a cozy cafe with a panoramic view of the central city square. Here you will find a pleasant atmosphere and a varied menu of European and Japanese cuisine.
Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky first visited Old Russia in the 1870s, and at first he did not like it. However, on subsequent trips here, he was able to sincerely love this place and even bought a house here. The writer always wanted to have a "family nest" and fulfilled his dream in Old Russe. By the way, in this city F.M. Dostoevsky completed his novel "The Devils" and "The Brothers Karamazov. It was the Old Rusa that served as the prototype of Skotoprigonjevsk. Please note the opening hours: Daily from 9:00-18:00. Monday is a day off
In the evening you can walk around the Market Square and look at one of the main attractions of Old Russia - Water Tower, which appeared in the city in the early XX century.
It's always nice to be back in a good place, so I offer dinner at the Tower Cafe.
Today the program includes: the main cathedral of Old Russia, the museum "Old Believers' Yard", an ethnographic interactive open-air park-museum and the Tikhvin Monastery of the Dormition of the Virgin Mary, founded in the XVI century.
Let's go to the store and get something to eat for breakfast.
Before leaving Old Russia, I suggest taking a glimpse at the symbol of beauty and holiness of the city. The temple was erected at the confluence of the rivers Polisti and Porusya in 1692-1696.
The Interactive Museum "Old Believers' Yard" was opened in the village of Lyakova in 2011. Here you can get acquainted with ancient rites and customs, learn a lot about traditional crafts and try herbal tea with pies, or nettle soup, you will not stay hungry. Specify working hours and schedules of workshops [preferably in advance, in the museum community](https://vk.com/muzeystaroyvery).
Another interesting ethnographic interactive park-museum in the open air. Here the atmosphere of Slavic rural settlement of X century is recreated. Mode of operation varies depending on the season, detailed information on [site](http://www.lubturism.ru/muzej/rezhim-raboty.html).
The last thing we will visit today is the Tikhvin Monastery of the Dormition of the Mother of God. It was built in the XVI century to glorify the Tikhvin icon of the Mother of God. The main structure on the territory of the monastery is the five-domed Assumption Cathedral. It was founded in 1507 by order of Tsar Vasily III. The prototype of the Tikhvin church was the main temple of the state - the Assumption Cathedral of the Moscow Kremlin. Researchers call the Assumption Cathedral of the Tikhvin Monastery one of the most significant monuments of Russian architecture of the beginning of the XVI century. On the basis of the monastery there is the Tikhvin Historical, Memorial and Architectural Art Museum. The main exposition of the museum is dedicated to one of the most significant Orthodox shrines - the Tikhvin wonderworking icon of the Mother of God.
I invite you to dinner at one of the best restaurants in the city - Podvorie. Very atmospheric institution in the menu you will find traditional Russian dishes and drinks for every taste.
The final day of our trip. We will visit the house where the composer Nikolai Andreevich Rimsky-Korsakov grew up. We will visit Old Ladoga and visit the manor of the late XIX century, built with the funds of the President of the Academy of Arts, Nikolai Olenin.
Despite the fact that the city has many cafes and restaurants of different levels, they open mostly at lunchtime. An ice-cream cafe is a pleasant exception, it opens at 9 a.m. and pleases not only with ice-cream and desserts, but also with full second courses. The atmosphere here is provincially nostalgic.
Tikhvin is the birthplace of N.A. Rimsky-Korsakov. The house on which the museum is based was built in 1801 by the composer's grandfather. The museum has more than 10 thousand exhibits in its main fund. The greatest value are the personal belongings of Rimsky-Korsakovs, items of noble life, furniture, claviers and scores with the composer's autographs. Family relics are kept in the house: baptismal shirt, woollen plastering, kid's kid's kid gloves. Please note the opening hours: Between 10:00 and 17:00, Monday's the day off.
It's time to move towards St. Petersburg. On the way we will visit Old Ladoga, where, according to legend, in the IX century began its reign Rurik. The main attraction of the city is the Old Ladoga Fortress. In 1970s, archaeological excavations have shown that the Old Ladoga Fortress was built on the site of other fortresses, built in the IX and XII centuries.
Lunch is offered in the cafe "Old Ladoga", which is located in a building of the late XIX century and decorated in the style of ancient Russia.
We will finish our journey through the historical places in the manor of the late XIX century, built with the funds of the President of the Academy of Arts, Nikolai Olenin. Poets, artists, composers, philosophers and public figures visited the estate at different times.
Before dinner you can take a walk in the park, get some air, admire the slender pines.
Let's have dinner and go home! The journey turned out to be very rich and interesting.