St. Sophia Cathedral, Novgorod
At the heart of the Novgorod Kremlin lies the majestic five-domed Cathedral of St. Sophia. As with the famous Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, "Sophia" refers to the Greek word for wisdom rather than a specific saint and St. Sophia Cathedral is dedicated to the Holy Wisdom of God.
The Park Inn by Radisson Veliky Novgorod Hotel, on the bank of the Volkhov River, puts visitors conveniently close to this fascinating piece of Russian heritage. Guests will be fascinated to discover the secrets of St. Sophia Cathedral - Russia’s oldest surviving church.
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Features of St. Sophia Cathedral
Any visit to St. Sophia Cathedral should allow time for a thorough exploration of its unique features. Historically, St. Sophia Cathedral served as the necropolis for Novgorod and here guests can find the graves of many figures from Novgorod’s past, including Prince Vladimir himself. On feast days, when the sarcophagus is opened, visitors can even see the relics of Bishop Nikita.
Also worth a look is the Christ Pantocrator in the main dome of the St. Sophia Cathedral. During the Nazi occupation of the Novgorod Kremlin
, the cathedral was bombed and the original version destroyed. The archbishop instructed painters to recreate the image with an open palm, unlike the previous depiction of a closed fist. Legend has it, the hand had closed by the next day.
The painters tried again but a voice sounded from the dome of St. Sophia, demanding the archbishop leave the painting alone. Apparently, as long as the fist stays shut, Christ will keep a hold on Novgorod’s fate
Visit St. Sophia Cathedral from the Park Inn by Radisson Veliky Novgorod Hotel
For a hotel near to the city's best attractions, choose the Park Inn Veliky Novgorod Hotel. Just a short walk from St. Sophia Cathedral, this hotel in Novgorod
offers a serene haven from which to explore the city.
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