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Excursion to Novodvinskaya fortress

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We want to pay your attention to the one-day excursion to Novodvinskaya fortress.

Novodvinsk fortress was built in the beginning of XVIII century and it is the first regular stone fortress in the north of Russia . It is a unique fortification construction, historical monument of the Peter the Great period.

Russian North had always been attractive to outsiders because of its reaches. To protect its borders, the rulers built fortresses that defended the coastal line from invaders. Yet, all of them, except for the fortress in Solovetsky Islands , were wooden.

The war with Sweden that began in 1700 put to the test the defence of Arkhangelsk port, which received weapons for the Russian army from the West and earned a lot of money for the state treasury through foreign trade.

Peter I well realized that after the Russian army defeat at Narva the Northern port was of vital importance for preserving the country and its defensive capacity. With that purpose he issued an order to build a new fortress with a garrison of 1000 people in December 1700. The works began in spring 1701.

On July 5, 1701 there took place the famous battle at Novodvinsk Fortress, during which Russian troops managed to capture two Swedish warships and stop the Swedish squadron from moving further inside the country. That was the first Russian victory on water in the Northern war, the importance of which cannot be overestimated.

In 1721 Novodvinsk fortress got its place in the Russian register of fortresses. In 1724 Peter I wrote down: ‘Novodvinsk fortress is at all strength and ready’. During the Crimean War (1853-1856) the fortress was on marital law. Yet already in January 1863 it was removed from the register of fortifications.

In May 1864 Novodvinsk fortress was passed over to Church authorities. In the end of XIX century they turned it into a quarry – took out the well-treated stone blocks out of the walls and sold them to the Northern Railway, which was under construction then. After a study carried out by Arkhangelsk specialists the fortress was entered into the Register of Sights of Russian Empire.

After the Revolution the fortress was given to the Department for child-homelessness fighting and child neglect of Arkhangelsk province executive committee. It was later transformed into a correctional facility for adult criminals, which is still there.

The fortress is registered as a monument of federal significance. Right now the fortress is partially destroyed and the regional museum suggested restoring it and creating there a new museum.


This excursion is held on the passenger motor boat “Kuya”. There are rest rooms on the boat. It is possible to take 20 persons on board.

The price for the trip:
6 hours 28000 rub
5 hours 25000 rub

Extra paid
At the seashore it is possible to organize a picnic with your food.
meals from 250 rub per person
transfer to the boat by bus
Trade Market “Berezka”
Voskresenskaya 7
1 floor
mon - fr: 11-19
st: 11-17
su: day off

Arkhangelsk region department:

(8182) 44-30-40

skype barents.tour

Foreign department:

(8182) 47-26-20

skype barents-tour


(8182) 64-93-64

# 007611 at Federal Register of Touroperators of incoming tourism

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Тайланд из Архангельска, Египет из Архангельска, ОАЭ (Эмираты) из Архангельска “The Pomor Tourist Centre”,for many years a member of the Arkhangelsk Regional Tourist Association, - will help you in discovering the real pearls of the Russian North: Malye Korely, Solovetsky Islands, Pinega caves, Kargopol, Onega, Kiy – island, Kholmogory area, the homeland of M.Lomonosov, the lakes of Siya, Kenozero State National Park and many other mysterious and attractive northern places. Our big working experience allows us to organize individual trips which for sure will match your desires. One of our main goals is a reception and service of tourists in the Russian North. For last years among our clients became travel companies from Russia and also many foreign companies, especially from Scandinavia and Europe. We are offering tourist services on the high level and of the best quality, which have been approved by foreign tourists. By close cooperation with airline companies, hotels and tourist and vacation centers we suggest the service on the high level for real expenses. We will help you in avoiding the problems with organization of your vacation. Tourist Center will take care about booking the hotels, transport services, booking the airline tickets; for corporative trips we will solve the questions with booking conference-rooms, organizing the official dinners; visa support, we will suggest the individual guide-entrepreneur.

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