Monday, June 23, 2014
Novgorod - RUSSIA - UNESCO #604
This two great vintage cards came from Russia (with one of the most beautiful stamps I've seen from that country, showing St. George slaying the Dragon) and in them we can see two of the historical monuments of Novgorod, classified by UNESCO as World Heritage Site, the church of St Sophia from the mid-11th century and the Church of the Transfiguration, decorated with frescoes at the end of the 14th century (by Theophanes the Greek). Thank you very much Verooro for this two awesome cards. Now I have 404 WHS, 603 to finish (and only 3 left in Russia). This postcards took 18 days to arrive!
Situated on the ancient trade route between Central Asia and northern Europe, Novgorod was Russia's first capital in the 9th century. Surrounded by churches and monasteries, it was a centre for Orthodox spirituality as well as Russian architecture. Its medieval monuments and the 14th-century frescoes of Theophanes the Greek (Andrei Rublev's teacher) illustrate the development of its remarkable architecture and cultural creativity.