Monday, June 7, 2010
Russia - Historic Monuments of Novgorod and Surroundings
The Great Novgorod
The church of Boris and Glebe in Plotnikie. 1536 y.
Sent by Olga, a postcrosser from Novgorod in Russia.
Novgorod was one of the major centres of Russian culture and spirituality: its monuments and the treasures they house bear living witness to this. As an outstanding cultural centre, birthplace of the national style of stone architecture, and one of the oldest national schools of painting, the town of Novgorod influenced the development of Russian art as a whole throughout the Middle Ages. The broad range of monuments conserved in Novgorod makes it a veritable 'conservatory' of Russian architecture of the Middle Ages and later periods (11th-19th centuries). These monuments alone suffice to illustrate the development of Russian architecture.