The construction of Arkhangelsk was ordered by Ivan the Terrible in 1583 in an effort to establish trade ties with Europe. For quite a time the city was the only Russia’s seaport.

In late 17th century Peter the Great launched the first Russian naval ship here. The founding of Saint Petersburg in 1703 decreased importance of Arkhangelsk but later it became the center for Arctic exploration.

The city started at the Severnaya Dvina embankment. Currently it is a broad riverside promenade which calls for a pleasant stroll.

The Gostiny Dvor (Merchants’ Yard) was built here in 17th century and Arkhangelsk grew up around it.

This WWI tank is nicknamed “A monument to Churchill”

Hotel Pur Navolok

Monument to Peter the Great

Monument to admiral Kuznetsov

Central square. The highrise is nicknamed "Pencil"

Monument to sea cadets


This open-air wooden architecture museum located 25 km from Arkhangelsk features a large collection of 16-19th century wooden churches, windmills, watermills, bell towers collected from around the Arkhangelsk oblast. The natural scenery around the reserve is quite pleasant.