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Porkhov

Porkhov

 

 

 

 

 

 

Transportation

Hotels, motels and where to sleep

Restaurant, taverns and where to eat

Cultural (and not so cultural) events

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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.

Porkhov was 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 rubles.
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.
3 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).
5 Savior Transfiguration Church (1670). next to the Christmas Church.
6 Abandoned Porkhovskaya Hydroplant. - engineering monument of the postwar period. Access is free, the dam is now used as a pedestrian bridge.
7 Museum of local lore. Low-interest museum in two houses in the fortress.
8 Museum of Mail. On the territory of the fortress.

 

 

 


 

Transportation

How to get there
By train
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 evening.

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.

By bus
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.

By car
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).

Transport
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.

 

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