Although the ancient part of the Novgorod can be easily reached on foot in just a couple of hours, once the city is considered the largest in ancient Russia. Here Nikitich dumped into the river pagan god Perun, on the shores of Lake Ilmen sang his charming songs merchant Sadko, and from the walls of the Kremlin went on hikes prophetic Oleg and . Novgorod Rurik founded and destroyed Ivan the Terrible. On the river, which flows through the city, along the way "from the Vikings to the Greeks' wooden sailing boat, laden with goods from overseas. Ships of ancient Novgorod went to the northern archipelago of Svalbard, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Germany and Poland. "Lord Novgorod the Great" was a famous Hanseatic trade union. In "Gold" in times of Novgorod was more than 200 churches.
There is an explanation. The layout of the city was the center – Detinets. From it radiate the streets, and those that are parallel to the , called "break". All of them, in essence, are self-administered and at the same time – individual parishes. Therefore, at each of Novgorod street was the church, and even no one.
They were built by the order as boyars, and the prince of merchants, or ordinary citizens. Now Novgorod on the number of churches inferior unless Kiev – were preserved temples in 1938. From Moscow to Novgorod – a little more than 500 kilometers – the night on a train or 7 hours by car.