An arranged marriage between prince Igor and Olga put Pskov on the map
(or so the legend goes). Since then, for more than a millennia, Pskov
has been an important crossroads between Russia and the rest of Europe.
Pskov withstood countless attacks and sieges, all while facilitating
trade and commerce. Today its biggest challenge is integrating itself
with the wider world, while still preserving its historic past.
'Swan lake' in Pskov City of Pskov in the dusk Riding a cart ... without horses&!
Pskov lies in the northwest of Russia, near the border with Estonia,
between St. Petersburg and Riga, Latvia. According to archaeological
data, the first settlement appeared on a rocky promontory at the
confluence of two rivers, the Velikaya and the Pskova, from which the
town received its name. The name probably derives either from the
Finnish word pihkava, meaning “resin”, or from the Estonian word pickva,
which means “sticky mass”. The suffix –va means “water”, so the name of
the river means “resinous water”.
Enjoying my walk around Pskov Dickinsonians are making Exploring Russian history...
a Russian Snow ...woman!
Pskov is also called St. Olga’s city. Olga was born nearby Pskov, moved
to Kiev and became Princess Olga. She was the first woman to rule the
vast Kievan state after her husband’s death. She was baptized in
Byzantine Constantinople and became the first Christian in the Slavic
Princely clan. She is credited with bringing Christianity to Russia. Her
grandson, prince Vladimir, converted all of Russia to Christianity in
988. (adapted from “Ancient Pskov” by A.Bogdanova)
To find more information about history of Pskov go to http://www.culture.pskov.ru/ru/region/pskov (in Russian)
To see a map of Pskov http://www.ncsu.edu/chass/extension/pskov2001/map.html
If you are in Pskov you have to visit Mikhailovskoye. It is the famous country estate of Pushkin, Russian's most beloved poet who wrote many poems in the Pskov province.
To read about Pushkin’s life in the Pskov province, go to http://www.culture.pskov.ru/ru/persons/object/4
To find more about Pushkin, go to
http://people.famouswhy.com/aleksandr_pushkin/ (in English)
The official site of the State Pushkin Museum in Mikhailovskoe http://pushkin.ellink.ru/defaultxs.asp
Do you want see one of the most ancient and impressive fortresses of Western Russia? Go to Izborsk! Or visit http://www.museum-izborsk.ru (in Russian)
http://www.towns.ru/towns/izborsk_e.html (in English)
To read about and then to see one of beautiful Russian monastery, go to http://www.nortfort.ru/pechory/index_e.html (in English)