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Description of Porkhov
Porkhov is located in the northeastern part of the
Pskov Region. The city is located on the Shelon River, 70 kilometers
east of Pskov. It is the administrative center of Porkhovsky
district, one of the oldest cities in the region.
founded in 1239 by Alexander Nevsky. During the XIV-XV centuries,
the Porkhov fortress repeatedly withstood the siege of the
Lithuanian troops, after joining the Moscow principality, Porkhov
was considered one of the 12 main fortresses of the state.
The city is interesting
fortress of the XV century and two churches of the same period, one
of which is unique to Russia. Despite the poor preservation of
private buildings, Porkhov is a very pleasant place with a genuine
atmosphere of antiquity and rare sights.
Travel Destinations in Porkhov
1 Porkhov Fortress (Porkhov Kremlin). - like other fortresses of
the North-West of Russia, built of raw stone in 1387 and fortified
in 1430. Only the walls and towers are preserved, some walls can be
climbed. The fortress is unusually picturesque, several flower
gardens were broken up in the territory and a small botanical garden
was organized (the garden was laid out in the time of Catherine II).
The fortress is located on the opposite side of the center of the
city from the river Shelon. Open daily from 10 to 18, entrance - 20
2 Nikolskaya church (1412, later rebuilt). located on the
territory of the fortress. Because of the restructuring has not
retained the ancient appearance and looks pretty unattractive.
Church of the Nativity of the Virgin (1305). - built of raw stone in
the Romanesque style of the village churches of Western Europe. An
unusual building for Russia, which diversifies the already rich
Pskov architecture. The church is located on the left bank of the
Sheloni - go from the central square to the south-east direction.
4 Old Settlement - earthworks on the site of the first Porkhov
fortress. Today it is just a ring of shafts with a memorial plate
and a place for mass recreation of local residents. The settlement
is located on the right bank of the Shelon, opposite the Church of
the Nativity of the Virgin (there is no bridge here).
Transfiguration Church (1670). next to the Christmas Church.
Abandoned Porkhovskaya Hydroplant. - engineering monument of the
postwar period. Access is free, the dam is now used as a pedestrian
7 Museum of local lore. Low-interest museum in two houses
in the fortress.
8 Museum of Mail. On the territory of the
How to get there
Porkhov stands on the line
Bologoe — Pskov. Long-distance trains from Moscow stop here, as well
as suburban Pskov — Dno, which run twice a day. From Pskov 2 hours
by commuter train. Long-distance trains go twice as fast, however,
they are much more expensive than commuter trains: however, in the
daily train Pskov — Moscow there is a reasonable sedentary car. From
St. Petersburg Vitebsk train station to the station Dno, further by
commuter train or bus, but most likely you will have to take a taxi,
since all St. Petersburg trains pass through the Dno late in the
1 Railway station, st. Comintern. ☎ +7 (81136)
2-38-61. In the western part of the city, from the center 20 minutes
on foot. Several times a day a city bus number 2 passes by the
station, but you should not count on it very much. The one-story
building looks pre-revolutionary, although it was built probably
after the war. There is a waiting room. Shops and cafes are absent
both at the station itself and in its surroundings: these are the
outskirts of the city.
From Pskov mainly passing
buses and minibuses to the Dno and Dedovichi, departure every 1-2
hours, en route from 1 h 20 min to 2 h: try to choose those flights
that do not call in small towns along the road. Once a day there is
a direct bus to Novgorod (4 hours), 3-4 times a day - to St.
Petersburg (5-6 hours): including passing buses to Velikie Luki.
2 Bus station, pl. Krasnoy Armii-Red Army. ☎ +7 (81136) 2-19-49,
+7 (81136) 2-19-12. Open 6:00 - 18:00, Fri 6:00 - 18:50, Sun 6:45 -
18:50. A small building on the central square of Porkhov, which
accommodates several wooden benches, a ticket window and a fully
working wood stove, which is heated in the cold season.
Porkhov is on the A116 highway, which, however, looks more
like a local road: there is no asphalt on it everywhere, but where
it does exist, the quality of the coating leaves much to be desired.
On this road, you can come to Porkhov from Novgorod (the area in the
Novgorod region is in the best condition, as it is part of the
Novgorod-Pskov highway), 150 km, or go to Ostrov (90 km). A more
traditional way is winding, but completely asphalted and, by Russian
standards, not the worst road to Pskov (85 km).
There are two bus routes in Porkhov: from north to south (No. 1) and
from east to west (No. 2). Travelers may need the last one, which
passes from the railway station (one stop from the terminal, “HSP”)
to the Dulag-100 memorial (direction to Polonoy) through the bus
station. Interval: 1-2 hours, only 8 buses per day. The schedule
hangs over the doors of the bus station.