Peter and Paul Cathedral
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Gorodets is a town located on the left bank of the Volga River 33 miles north-west of Nizhny Novgorod. Gorodets was founded in 1152 by Prince Yury Dolgoruky, also the founder of Moscow, as a large fortress. It was a starting point for numerous campaigns of the princes of Vladimir and Suzdal against Volga Bulgaria. In 1216, George II of Vladimir was dethroned by his brother and exiled here. In 1239, the town was burned to the ground by Batu Khan's army. In 1263, Alexander Nevsky died in Gorodets on his way back to Novgorod from the Golden Horde. His son Andrew III made the town his chief residence. In the mid-14th century, the town was overshadowed by the neighboring Nizhny Novgorod but continued as the third largest town of Nizhny Novgorod Principality until 1408, when Edigu razed it to the ground. For the following two centuries the town was known as Gorodets Pustoy (i.e., "Gorodets the Empty"). By the 19th century, Gorodets was revived as a prosperous village and reputed for its decorative handicrafts, such as wood carving and painting. By 1922, Gorodets has become a town again, as well the administrative center of Gorodetsky District.
I am not sure that I understand the reason for the tour operator to take us to this small town. Since I can't read or write Russian I can not provide any identification information about the museum artifacts. I would like to say that I found the ladies operating the museum to be helpful and friendly.
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