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Vologda

Vologda

Like Moscow, Vologda is considered to have been founded in 1147. However there is less evidence for Vologda’s claim as the documents providing this date themselves only originate from the 17th century. Nevertheless the city became an important centre for trade for the Novgorod Republic and many architectural gems have survived, including parts of its kremlin, the magnificent St Sophia's Cathedral and the Spaso-Prilutsky Monastery on the city’s outskirts, with is bright and unusually colourful decoration. The city is also famous for its delicate lace and dairy products.


Basic facts
Name in Russian
Вологда
Status
Administrative centre of the Vologda Region
Location
On the River Vologda
Distance
455km north-east of Moscow; 660km east of St Petersburg
Time Zone
Moscow Time
Population
308,172 people (2014)
First mentioned
1147
City Day
Last Saturday in June
Official Website
http://vologda-portal.ru/