Nizhny Novgorod is situated on the bank of the Volga river, one of the biggest rivers in the world. It is not far from Moscow, just 4 hours by a high speed train.
The city was founded in the 13th century. At that time cities were built as fortresses not to let any enemy get inside, the city was surrounded by high walls. The part inside the walls is called Kremlin. The Kremlin in Nizhny Novgorod is preserved till nowadays.
As there are two big rivers on the territory of Nizhny Novgorod, this city is the main center of river tourism in Russia. It has absolutely magnificent river promenades and restaurants with a view of the Volga river.
There are a lot of traditional Russian churches and other architectural monuments, museums, art galleries. As there are a lot of ancient sights in Nizhny Novgorod, UNESCO has included the city into the list of 100 cities of cultural and historical importance.
One of the favorite places for all the tourists and the citizens in Nizhny Novgorod is Bolshaya Pokrovskaya Street. It is regarded as an analogue of Arbat street in Moscow. The peculiarity of this street is lots of monuments that depict the ordinary citizens of the city – a policeman, a photographer with a dog, a servant in the tavern, a lady with a child on a bench, a postman, etc.
Not long ago Nizhniy Novgorod was called the best city for living in Russia. The reason is there is all the necessary infrastructure, lots of interesting places and entertaining, but at the same time the ecology is better than in Moscow and the way of life is less stressful. Everyone who comes to Nizhny Novgorod feels themselves like home there.
Diveevo is a small town in the Nizhny Novgorod region, famous among the Orthodox pilgrims as the Holy abode of St. Seraphim of Sarov.
Seraphim-diveyevsky monastery is considered the fourth lot of the Holy Theotokos, that is, one of the four places on earth that Theotokos took under her protection - here she comes every day. One of the sacred events of Diveevo is that it houses the relics of St. Seraphim of Sarov. On the territory and in the vicinity of the village of Diveevo there are Holy springs known for their healing. Pilgrims from all corners of Russia and abroad come here with faith in a miracle.
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