Veliky Novgorod: a cradle of Ancient Russia

Veliky Novgorod is known as a cradle of Ancient Russia. It was founded during the 10th century, which makes it one of the oldest cities in Russia. The city is situated between Moscow and Saint Petersburg and has a very rich and distinct history. So, in case you happen to be in the area, I would definitely recommend a visit. If you want to discover more about what makes the region so unique, here are 7 interesting historical facts about Novgorod. 1. Veliky Novgorod – The city of churches The number of churches in Veliky Novgorod is striking. In the 15th century there were no fewer than 81 churches situated in the city, 52 of which have been preserved to this day. Within the Kremlin walls alone, there were once 27 churches. What is even more fascinating, is that the Cathedral of Saint Sophia ...

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Artmuza – a creative complex open to everyone

ArtMuza is a creative complex and museum of modern art located in a former musical instrument factory on Vasilievskii Island. A cross between a gallery, artists’ studio, and creative cluster in the style of Etazhi, Artmuza does not just exhibit art but involves the local community in St Petersburg’s cultural scene. Entry to Artmuza is free and there is something for everyone.   What can you find there?   For those looking for a cultural fix, Artmuza boasts 10 galleries with a monthly rotation of exhibitions showcasing a huge variety of artistic trends. There are spaces for events such as fashion shows and concerts, and billboards dotted around the site advertise upcoming events. Artmuza even has its own theatre. There is a terrace spanning the entire roof sporting its own c ...

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До свидания, Liden and Denz!

Lizzi

It is now time to tell you that with great sadness, my time both at Liden and Denz and in St Petersburg as a whole have come to a close. This is my final week. I fly back to London on the 3rd of September in preparation to start my 4th year of university, and I have some reflections to share on my experience. For me, this ending is not only that of a few months studying Russian language and writing for the blog here, but of my past year as a resident of this city!   As a whole, I now feel totally in a period of transition and change; I am both happy and sad to leave, excited about what is to come and regretful of all the things I did not get the chance to do here, proud of my progress with Russian language but ready to push myself further. My language ability has improved tenfold sinc ...

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Moscow City Day

Moscow City Day

Moscow City Day (День города Москвы) is an annual celebration of, as the name indicates, the city of Moscow. It is celebrated on the first or second Saturday of September meaning that this year, which marks the 872th anniversary of the city, the celebrations will be held on the 7-8 of September. What is Moscow City Day and how does one celebrate it? Well, keep reading and you will find out. History Let us start with a mandatory history lesson before digging into the fun parts of how to celebrate it. As mentioned earlier this is the 872th anniversary which means that we, with a bit of help from simple math, understands that Moscow as a city was founded in the year of 1147. The first celebration of the city though, was not held until 700 years later in 1847. By orders of Tsar Nicholas the ce ...

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Pushkinskaya 10 – A haven of underground culture

Venturing through a dark alleyway next to a corner shop, probably the last thing you’d expect to discover is an expansive and fascinating museum of non-conformist culture whose roots stretch into the Soviet period and beyond. Yet, behind an unassuming door, you’ll find Art Centre Pushkinskaya 10. It first appeared in 1989 as a squat and artists’ commune in a dilapidated ex-communalka, and has since transformed into an internationally renowned base for the underground cultural community of St Petersburg. After a tumultuous few years struggling first with the Soviet authorities, and then with capitalist property developers, Pushkinskaya 10 was established as an official museum of non-conformist art. It was aided by the “Товарищество экспериментального изобразительного искусства” (Assoc ...

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Brace yourselves! It’s Mushroom Hunting Season in Russia!

Mushroom Hunting Season in Russia If you have ever happened to enjoy the traditional Russian cuisine, you would have noticed that mushrooms are a crucial ingredient for many Russian dishes. This probably doesn’t come as a surprise, given the fact, that most of the Russian landscape is covered in woods, which are covered with mushrooms. But what may seem surprising, is that for most Russians the gustatory experience doesn’t matter that much, but it is the quest that is the main delight. I myself wasn’t aware of the fact that Russians are really obsessed with picking mushrooms, but ever since I found out every Russian I have talked to, told me about how much they loved picking mushrooms. So, if you ever find yourself wanting to start an interesting conversation with a Russian, asking them ab ...

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New intern alert: Hello Anna

New Intern Anna

Всем привет, my name is Anna, I’m 23 years old and I will work as an Intern in the position of Social Media Assistant for the next five weeks here in St. Petersburg. I will be responsible for the content on Facebook and Instagram. With this blog post I would like to introduce myself. Four years ago I moved to Vienna to study Slavic Studies, and I just finished my bachelor’s degree in July. I always wanted to learn a language with a different alphabetical system and that’s one of the reasons why Russian was so appealing to me. During my studies my love for linguistics grew immensely and I really enjoyed learning about it. Literature was something I always loved and therefore also appreciated during my studies. I also took some business modules during my degree to be able to study business i ...

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Good-bye, St. Petersburg!

Hannah and her teacher Svetlana

After a whole 12 weeks at Liden and Denz in St. Petersburg, it is finally time for me to say good-bye and go home. I’m grateful that I got to see the “White Nights” here in St. Petersburg and experience a Russian summer. My first time in Russia was in the fall semester so I had never seen how full of life Russia can be in the summer. My favorite thing about St. Petersburg turned out to be just the city itself. There are certainly many beautiful places like the Hermitage, summer gardens and St. Isaac’s Cathedral, but for me the city is so much more than just those places. My favorite thing to do in the city was to take long walks following the channels and explore new places. Especially along the major streets such as Nevskiy, there are often good street musicians which gives the whol ...

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