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After night trip from Warsaw through Lithuania, in the morning we came to Pskov. Although it is a Unesco Heritage Site I suppose that most of you don't know anything about it.

Long note from Wikipedia (who will read it, I wonder)


Pskov is one of the oldest cities in Russia.
In the 12th and 13th centuries, the town adhered politically to the Novgorod Republic. In 1241, it was taken by the Teutonic Knights, but Alexander Nevsky recaptured it several months later during a legendary

For Russia, the Pskov Republic was a bridge towards Europe; for Europe, it was a western outpost of Russia.

The importance of the city made it the subject of numerous sieges throughout its history. The Pskov Krom (or Kremlin) withstood twenty-six sieges in the 15th century alone. At one point, five stone walls ringed it, making the city practically impregnable. A local school of icon-painting flourished, and the local masons were considered the best in Russia. Many peculiar features of Russian architecture were first introduced in Pskov.
The king of Poland Stephen Báthory undertook some thirty-one attacks to storm the city, which was defended mainly by civilians. Even after one of the city walls was broken, the Pskovians managed to fill the gap and repel the attack.

Under the Soviet government, large parts of the city were rebuilt, many ancient buildings, particularly churches, were demolished to give space for new constructions. During World War II, the medieval citadel provided little protection against modern artillery of Wehrmacht, and Pskov suffered substantial damage during the German occupation from July 9, 1941 until July 23, 1944. A huge portion of the population died during the war, and Pskov has since struggled to regain its traditional position as a major industrial and cultural center of Western Russia.






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  • Copyright: Malgorzata Kopczynska (emka) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 12449 W: 133 N: 32015] (147873)
  • Genre: Lugares
  • Medium: Cor
  • Date Taken: 2019-06-29
  • Exposição: f/0.6, 30 segundos
  • Versão da Foto: Versão Original
  • Date Submitted: 2020-06-28 1:21
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