The Kremlin square of Veliky Novgorod
Or Detinets as it was called in ancient times, is the heart of the city. Through centuries, it has been the religious, political and cultural centre of Novgorod Land. Being first mentioned in the chronicles in 1044, it remained one of the most important stone fortresses in the North-West of Russia till 1721. Today it is a monument of defense architecture of the late I5th-I6tn cc. The Kremlin occupies 12,1 hectares, its walls are 1487 meters long.
On the panorama:
The Millennium of Russia Monument.
The St. Sophia Cathedral (1045-1050).
The building of the Philharmonic Society.
The Cathedral of St. Sophia (the Holy Wisdom of God) in the Kremlin (or Detinets) in Novgorod the Gre...
Just in case you mistakenly heard that it was all ice and snow in Russia, take a peek at the Big Bikini Exposition. This is right on the river Moskva in Moscow!
Moscow has been the capital of Russia for almost its entire history. The exception is during the period of the Russian Empire, which lasted from 1721 until the Russian Revolution 1917. For these two centuries the capital was St. Petersburg. The Russian Empire was the second largest contiguous Empire in world memory; only the Mongol Empire had been greater.
Check out what's happening north of Mongolia these days, in Chita
Although you may not have heard of Sochi, on the Black Sea, they're building up quickly and hope to host the 2014 Olympics.
Other periods of Russian history include the Tsardom of Russia, from Ivan IV to Peter the Great, and the Grand Duchy (14th-16th centuries).
The earliest period of Russian history was ruled by the Novgorod Republic and Kievan Rus, which was the first Russian state dating back to 800AD in Kiev.
Modern Russia remains one of the world's superpowers. They launched the earth's second satellite, called Sputnik 1, and were the first country to put a human being into orbit around earth. (The first one is called the Moon.)
After the breakup of the Soviet Union in 1991, Russia became a federal republic of 83 states.
Text by Steve Smith.