St. Petersburg

Staraya Ladoga & Tikhvin

The first capital of Russia


Staraya Ladoga is a town that was founded in 753 and is still in competition with Novgorod for the title of the first capital of Russia. It is a place of archeological discovery and is surrounded by a national park that preserves its 12th-century layout (if you overlook some of the Soviet block housing) with an ancient fortress, six 12th-century churches and beautiful monasteries. To the north the town has ancient burial mounds. Staraya Ladoga played an important role in uniting the lands of the Northern and Southern Rus.

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