Pskov lies in the north-western part of Russia almost on the border with Estonia. On the one hand this advantageous geographical position stimulated its development as a crafts and trading centre. It was the departure point for traditional Russian goods such as wax, honey and furs and the entry point of foreign goods into the country. Pskov's merchants were renowned throughout the world for their honesty. On the other hand Pskov became the intercessor of the north-western borders of Russia. This historical past as a warrior city reflected in the architecture and added stunning defensive structures that surprisingly harmonize with cozy orthodox churches and poetic landscapes of the Pskov Region.
Today the city boasts a great number of existing historical monuments (over 300) that include fortified walls with towers, churches and monasteries. The earliest ones date back to the 12th century, the latest to the early 20th century. The historic core of Pskov is the inner walled city, uniting the Kremlin (12th -16th cent.) with towers, the Trinity Cathedral, and numerous medieval churches and monasteries.
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