Old Ladoga - A village in the Leningrad Region on the banks of the Volkhov River, near its mouth. Until 1703, it had the status of a city with the name Ladoga. One of the oldest settlements in Russia, is mentioned in the Tale of Bygone Years as the first capital of Russia (although Novgorod was considered to be the other capital). It is known that the settlement existed as far back as 753.
Population - 2012 people (as of 2010).
In 2003, the 1250th anniversary of the village was celebrated, during which it was presented as the "ancient capital of Northern Russia."
The village is located just 8 kilometers from the highway St. Petersburg-Petrozavodsk.
From Volkhov to Staraya Ladoga can be reached by buses number 23 and 23A. From the city of Volkhov there are trains to St. Petersburg.
The most important sights are the medieval Old Ladoga fortress with a museum, as well as the Church of St. George the Victorious of the 12th century with beautifully preserved original frescoes. Near the fortress there is a hillfort where excavations are regularly conducted. On the road you can see the mounds of the VIII-X century.
Varyazhskaya street is supposedly the oldest street in Russia.
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