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A bit of history...

Nizhny Novgorod was founded on the confluence of the two great Russian rivers - the Volga and the Oka - by Prince Yuri (George) Vsevolodovich in 1221 as a strong standpoint of defending the Russian frontiers from Mordvinians, Cheremisians and Tatars.
The City got its name "Nizhny" may be because of its location on the "Lower" lands comparing with Novgorod the Great or with the so called "Old Little Town" that was situated four versts up the Oka-river, the record of which could be found in literature till the beginning of the 17th century.

After the 1917 Revolution the city was renamed after Maxim Gorky, a Russian/Soviet writer. He was born and raised in this city. Gorky was his pseudonym, means "bitter" inRussian, hinting on how life tasted in post revolutionary Russia.
In the begining of 1990s the city wa brought back its historic name.

I went to Nizhny for a weekend, so haven't seen the city in too many details but am ready to share my impressions...

  • Last visit to Nizhniy Novgorod: Jul 2001
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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