PSKOV

Pskov (Псков) is a very old Russian town (903 AD) on the banks of the rivers Velikaya and Pskova. Located on the Western end of the country it withstood many a siege. The heart of the town, its Kremlin, was enlarged several times and you can come across old walls when you walk quite far from the Kremlin itself.

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Most prominent attractions in Pskov are (the map http://goo.gl/oiBlgV):

The Kremlin (6-22)

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Trinity Cathedral XVII c. (Троицкий Собор). The height of this cathedral is 72 metres and it boasts one of the highest iconostasis I have ever seen.

DSC_0345Prikaznye Palaty (Приказные Палаты) In this museum you will see what ministries looked like in the old days. W-S 11-18.

DSC_0323Gremyachaya Tower (Гремячая Башня) (Gremyachaya St)

Museum of V.A. Kaverin ‘Two Captains’ (Музей «Два капитана») (Oktyabrsky prospect 7A) S-F 11-17

Pogankiny Palaty Museum (Поганкины Палаты) (Nekrasova St. 7) This is an arts, war and local history museum and the building itself dates back to XVII c. T-S 11-18

DSC_0296The Savior Monastery of the Mirozh XII c. (Спасо-Мирожский Монастырь) (Mirozhskaya Naberezhnaya 2). An old monastery for men where you will find a church with beautiful 12-century frescoes which is now a museum (T-S 11-18, closed in rainy weather).

DSC_0269Pskov Railway Museum (Железнодорожный музей) (Vokzalnaya St. 38) T-Sat 9-17

Church of St Anastasia of Sirmium XVI c. (Церковь Св. Анастасии Узорешительницы) (Oktyabrsky prospect 9) In this orthodox church you will find a piece of the saint’s relics, a copy of the Turin Shroud, relics of Saint Paraskevi of Iconium and a cross with a piece of the True Cross. DSC_0314

How to get to Pskov

From Moscow

By rail

It takes a train 13-16 hours to bring you to Pskov. This option is the most convenient. You can buy tickets on RZhD site http://goo.gl/JZzFmS

By coach/bus

Buses to Pskov depart from Tushinskaya station (Tushinskaya pl. 9) in Moscow at 20.00 and arrive at 10.25 in Pskov next day. The cost of the ticket is 1000 RUB. You can buy tickets here http://www.e-traffic.ru/depot/moscow-tushinskaya-0, but the site is in Russian, you have to register first to be able to buy tickets.

By car

Take M9 motorway to get to Pskov.

From Saint-Petersburg

By rail

4-5 hrs are needed to get to Pskov from Saint-Petersburg. You can buy tickets on RZhD site http://goo.gl/JZzFmS

By coach/bus

Minibuses depart from the monument to Chernyshevsky (m. Park Pobedy 350 metres to the north) in Saint-Petersburg every day at 5.00, 6.30, 7.00, 7.30, 9.00, 10.00, 10.30, 11.00, 13.00, 13.30, 14.00, 15.00, 16.00, 16.30, 17.00, 17.30, 18.00, 19.00, 19.30, 21.00, 21.30, 23.00 and in Pskov from the following places:

Truda St. 37A in front of ‘Magnit’ shop at 5.00, 8.00, 13.00, 18.00, 19.00 (only on F&S)

Kommunalnaya 73A in front of ‘Gulliver’ shopping mall 4.30, 5.00, 08.00, 10.00, 11.00, 14.00, 19.00

Yubileynaya 68 in front of ‘PIK60’ shopping mall 5.00, 5.20, 7.00, 7.30, 10.00, 12.00, 13.30, 14.30, 16.30, 18.30, 21.00

Rizhsky prospect 25 in front of Rizhskaya hotel 5.00, 7.00, 9.00, 11.00, 13.00, 15.00, 17.00, 19.00, 21.00

Price of tickets is around 500 RUB for an adult, 250 RUB for a child under 12 yo. Some buses can take you to the Pulkovo airport. 4-4,5 hrs journey.

By car

Take R-23 motorway to get to Pskov.

How to get around in Pskov

Check out this site for public transport http://wikiroutes.info/en/pskov

 

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