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The city of Vologda was founded by Novgorodians on an ancient dike that was located between the rivers Sheksna and Sukhona. The first mention of the city is found in the archives of 1147, therefore this date is considered the year of the founding of Vologda. According to historical data, Vologda is coeval of Moscow. It is one of the oldest northern cities in the country. Until the end of the 14th century the city was in the possession of the Novgorod principality, and later became part of the Grand Duchy of Moscow.
One of the most visited places in Vologda is Kremlin - the most important historical monument and the permanent symbol of the city. The structure of the Vologda Kremlin complex includes the … Open
Vologda experienced many serious trials and difficult periods. In 1435 it attempted to capture the troops of Prince Vasily Kosoy, and afterwards the captive Prince Vasily II was exiled to Vologda. After the death of Prince Andrew, the city finally went under the administration of the Moscow Principality. During this period the city had a significant strategic importance and was a major trade center. Vologda was the starting point of important waterways, which also contributed to the dynamic development of the city.
The most vital period in the history of the city is associated with the reign of Ivan the Terrible, at which time Vologda was one of the first to receive the status of the oprichnina city and began to enjoy special privileges. If one is to believe one of the prevailing historical versions, the tsar wanted to make Vologda the capital of the entire Russian power. In 1612 the city was completely devastated by Polish-Lithuanian interventionists, its territory laid in ruins. In the 17th century, Vologda continued to be haunted by misfortunes - a pestilential plague took the lives of hundreds of townspeople in 1654, and the terrible famine that struck Vologda in 1670-1671 completely undermined the strength of the city. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
Vologda will pleasantly surprise its guests with a rich choice of interesting restaurants and cafes, which a vacation in them will leave only pleasant impressions. In Vologda, cheap … Open
At the beginning of the 18th century, in Vologda, by the order of Peter I, the construction of benches and barracks was set up for the transfer of construction and military supplies to Arkhangelsk. In 1781, an intensive development of the city's territory began, which was carried out in accordance with the plan developed earlier. Gradually the city became lively and began to expand its borders. From the middle of the 19th century Vologda was the most popular place for links; prisoners took a direct part in the development of the city's industrial sector. In the 1860's and 70's in Vologda, many prominent political figures were serving their sentence, and the city was done with the gloomy past only after the establishment of Soviet power. Now Vologda is a quiet provincial city with a rich historical heritage: beautiful architectural monuments and interesting cultural traditions.
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♥   Castle 'Vologda Kremlin' , 1.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo

Sightseeing in Russia: things to see

We should start from describing the most famous places of interest of the capital. Kremlin is the main symbol of the city and an internationally famous attraction. This is a very important historic and architectural landmark, and every building on its territory is a new page in the history of the country. The Red Square is located in front of the eastern wall of the complex. During several centuries the square was a witness to many important historic events. The Red Square was constructed on the site of numerous wooden houses, which made the threat of fire very real and, therefore, their presence was inacceptable near the royal residence. Nowadays, there are many exhibition halls, museums, parks and churches near the Red Square and the Kremlin complex. … Open
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