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Sunday, June 15, 2008

The Kremlin

Last week Pastor Dimitry celebrated his 30th birthday. A group of us went to a local cafeteria and shared a meal together and afterwards we decided to go to the Nizhny Novgorod Kremlin and take a walk.

Many old Russian cities have a kremlin (fort). Typically Americans hear the word and associate it with the government and Kremlin in Moscow. The Nizhny Novgorod kremlin is a brick fortress almost 400 years old. The brick walls replace an earlier wooden and dirt stockade wall which surrounded the original city founded in 1220.

Here are a few photos from our time there.

View down Bolshaya Pokrovka Street
as we approach the kremlin

Celtic Style Cross
display within the kremlin

Flower Bed


Founders of Nizhny Novgorod

Same guys, closer view

Monument to those who died in WWII
WWII is known in Russia as
The Great Patriotic War

WWII era T-34 Tank
This tank was manufactured in Nizhny Novgorod
The plaque says that the tank was the
first Russian tank to enter the city of Vienna
as the Soviets conquered or liberated the city

One of many goverment buildings inside the kremlin

The Eternal Flame
most large Russian cities have one as a memorial
to those who lost their lives in WWII

View of the city from the kremlin

The Volga & Oka rivers

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