Photographer's Note

Pskov is very ancient town. It was first mentioned in chronicles in 903. Olga, the first Russian Christian woman and a wise governor of Russia founded it.
It was the strongest fortress on the western border of Russia. Pskov's historical destiny as a warrior intercessor was reflected in its monuments, especially its architecture, an extraordinary, permanent, genuinely popular epic in stone. Those, who once upon a time came to Pskov bringing war and devastation, saw the invincible might of the fortress walls, the unshakable strength of Pskov churches.
This fortress stands on a long, rocky promontory between the Pskova and Velikaya rivers.
Foreign commercial relations were of great importance for Pskov. Silver Arab drachms appeared in Pskov already in the 9th to 10th centuries, and West European money came to Pskov in the 11th to 12th centuries.
The Pskovites exported furs, wax, honey, tar, flax, leather, fat and grain and imported salt, herring, expensive cloth, wine and fruits, paper, non-ferrous.

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