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The total area of the Pskov region is about 55 300 sq. km., it is larger than that of Denmark or Switzerland.

The Pskov Region is divided into twenty four administrative districts, each governed by its own administration. Pskov city is the regional center of economic and cultural activities. It has a similar role to that of a state capital in the U.S. Pskov has population of 210 000 people. The distant to the Pskov is 4 hours from the cities of St. Petersburg and Tallinn (Estonia), and 12 hours (by train) from Moscow. The city has an airport, river port, railroad and a bus station. Pskov is one from the oldest cities in Russia.

The history

Pskov was also the strongest fortress on the western border of Russia. The oldest part of the town stands where the rivers Pskova and Velikaya join.
In the 8th centuries Pskov had grown into a rather big settlement with developed handicraft activity. But the development of a tribe settlement into a town happened later. From the 11th to 13th centuries Pskov became the second important town in Novgorod Land. At the beginning of the 14 century Pskov won independence from Novgorod. From the 14 th to the beginning of the 16 th century, Pskov was a city state. It was the capital of the independent land. Pskov Veche became an administrative organ. It adopted Pskovian Code Legislation, other laws, and amendments to the laws. It held disputes on all vital problems of life and policy.
In the middle of the Pershi wall there was a belfry in the shape of a small, tent - roofed tower where the bells of Trinity Cathedral hung. Two of these bells were especially important: one summoned the people to the veche, attended by all the people, and the other, to the state council. Pskov stood guard on the Russian land borders. The constant struggle of Pskov against foreign invaders led to the unification of Pskov with Moscow. The last Pskov Veche was session in 1510 when Grand Prince of Moscow Vasily III arrived in Pskov. In January 1510 Pskov lost the last vestige of republican rule, the Veche bell was removed and executed.

The Churches

Pskov is very ancient Russian city, here are 40 churches in the Pskov now. In ancient times here was much more churches. Only in this area is about 6 Monasteries.

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  • Pros:The one of the oldest cityes of Russia
  • Last visit to Pskov: May 1996
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • fabrice's Profile Photo
    Apr 26, 2009 at 12:53 AM

    maybe it is easy to get a 1 day visa from estonia

  • Pablos_new's Profile Photo
    Sep 27, 2004 at 10:23 PM

    Very informative page, Sveta! Best one about Pskov!!!

  • bugulma's Profile Photo
    Sep 4, 2004 at 2:33 AM

    Very impressive city it looks like. I've read about it much last time and I hope be there in near future. By the way, any suggestion of accomodation in the city?

  • yumyum's Profile Photo
    Aug 28, 2004 at 4:44 AM

    Nice page. Will travel to Pskov on Monday.


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