On the eastern bank of the Narva River stretches the beautiful city of Ivangorod (Leningrad region). It became border, after Narva already belonged to the neighboring state. The date of foundation of this settlement is 1492. It was at this time that the Moscow prince Ivan III built a fortress, which was later named after him. It was built opposite the fortress of Estonian Narva. Perhaps, therefore, in many German documents it is referred to as "counter-Narva".
What first of all to look, having arrived to Ivangorod? The sights of this village include in its list many interesting places and structures, the main of which is the fortress that laid the foundation for the city. Until now, only a few fragments of this structure have been preserved. Originally it was a quadrangular structure, in the corners of which were four square towers. The walls were built from local limestone, and their thickness reached 3 meters. They ended with prongs, where loopholes were placed. Thanks to numerous restorations, the fortress has significantly changed and expanded. Now it is a complete architectural ensemble, towering over the Maiden's Hill, which is washed on three sides by the waters of Narva.
Continuing to study Ivangorod, its attractions can be supplemented with religious buildings. Thus, the Church of the Holy Trinity is the family burial-vault of the Stieglitz family, it was built in 1873 in the style of historicism, vividly conveying elements of Russian architecture of the 17th century. The main material for the construction was brick. In the end, the building is a five-headed structure, the foundation of which is laid out in the form of a cross. Above the western entrance there is a bell tower, where there are ten bells. The interior is famous for its richness and sophistication.
But this is not all attractive buildings, which Ivangorod is famous for. Attractions include in its list a number of interesting buildings, among which the Assumption Cathedral, located on Kingisepp Highway. Together with a small church of St. Nicholas they form a single architectural ensemble.
What else to see when I arrived in Ivangorod? Attractions can be supplemented with a list of numerous museums, including the Ivangorod Museum of Art, consisting of three objects: a fortress, an art gallery and the museum itself. In the latter, a large collection of Bilibin's works is collected, complemented by works by other artists. In the art gallery, various exhibitions are constantly held, demonstrating new talents.