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. Almost all major sights of interest are located along the embankment.

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”

The Pur Navolok Hotel

The theatre

Monument to Peter the Great

Monument to admiral Kuznetsov

Monument to sea cadets

This simple monument was erected to commemorate victims of the intervention. In 1918-20 part of Arkhangelsk oblast was occupied by British and American troops which landed here to fight against the young Soviet state. Eventually the intervention force was defeated by the Red Army.

The central square. The highrise is nicknamed "pencil".


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.

Some authentic wooden churches dating back to late 18th-19 centuries can still be seen and explored free of charge along the road from Arkhangelsk to Kotlas. These two churches built in 1795 and 1880 are located in the village of Tulgas.