Historical attractions in Nizhny Novgorod

The Kremlin of Nizhny Novgorod

The Kremlin of Nizhny Novgorod @Aleksandr Zykov/Flick

Nizhny Novgorod was founded in 1221 on the site of an ancient Slavic settlement at the junction of the rivers Volga and Oka, and today is the third largest city in Russia, with a population of approximately 1.4 million inhabitants. Between 1932 and 1990 the city was named Gorky, in the honor of Maksim Gorky, who was born here in 1868. Nizhny Novgorod is surrounded by satellite cities such as Bakna, Bor, Pravinsk and Kstovo.

The city is divided in two by the river Oka. The Upper Town includes Nizhegorodsky, (historical and administrative center), Prioksky and Sovetsky and the Lower Town includes Kanavinsky, Moskovsky, Avtozavodsky and Leninsky.

The heritage of Nizhny Novgorod

The old town has a special architectural and historical interest and is recognized by UNESCO as one of the most valuable cultural monuments in the world. The main attractions are the Nizhegorodsky Kremlin, the Rozhdestvensky Cathedral and other Orthodox churches. We would like to present you a short guide to a three day tour to visit as many historical tourist attractions in Nizhny Novgorod and in the surroundings as possible.

Historical builidng in Nizhny Novgorod

Historical builidng in Nizhny Novgorod @Aleksandr Zykov/Flick

Guide to a 3 day tour from Moscow to Nizhny Novgorod

You can choose to make a tour from Moscow to Nizhny Novgorod to discover the historical attractions of the city and surroundings in 3 days. If you leave Moscow in the morning, you will probably arrive to the city of Vladimir at noon, where you can take a meal at a local restairant. You can stop at Gorohovets to visit the house of merchant Sapojnicov. At evening you will be at Nizhny Novgorod, where you can eat a dinner, relax and prepare for your next day.

View of Nizhny Novgorod from the foot of the Kremlin

View of Nizhny Novgorod from the foot of the Kremlin @Grigory Gusev/Flick

On your second day after breakfast you could visit the historical attractions in Nizhny Novgorod including the Kremlin of Nizhnii Novgorod, the Cathedral of Mihailo-Arhangheliskaia, the Cathedral with the tomb of Kozima Minin, the exhibition of military equipment items, the Nizhnii Novgorod Market, the Church of Stroganovskaia, the Pokrovscaia pedestrian street, merchant houses and the house of М.Gorikii. After all these you’de better take a lunch before you continue to Gorodets, where you can visit the Museum of local history, you can attend a master-class of manufacturing a local model whistle from clay and try the local pies and cakes with a tea. After this full day you eat a tasty dinner back in Nizhny Novgorod.

The Kremlin of Nizhny Novgorod

The Kremlin of Nizhny Novgorod @Aleksandr Zykov/Flick

You may spend your third day in Diveevo, where you can visit the Monastery of Sveato-Troitskaia Serafimo-Diveevskaia, the Cathedral Troitkaia with the holy relics of the Blessed Seraphim Sarovskii, the Virgin Channel, the saint springs of Father Seraphim and the Kazan spring of the Mother of God. These are mostly religious sites, but religion is a basic part of the history of Russia. You can have your lunch here and then go back to Moscow.


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