Russia's Very First Capital You Probably Never Heard About

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Staraya Ladoga, a village that used to be a city until 1703, is located on the Volkhov River in the Leningrad Region of Russia.

Founded in 753, this once prosperous trading post and multi-ethnic community is sometimes referred to as "the first capital of Russia". Welcome to Staraya Ladoga!

© Sputnik / Alexei Danichev / Go to the photo bankThe St. George's Church (L) and a wooden church of St. Dmitry Solunsky at the Staraya Ladoga Fortress in the village of Staraya Ladoga. Leningrad Region, Russia.
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The St. George's Church (L) and a wooden church of St. Dmitry Solunsky at the Staraya Ladoga Fortress in the village of Staraya Ladoga. Leningrad Region, Russia.
© Sputnik / Alexei Danichev / Go to the photo bankVisitors at the Staraya Ladoga Fortress in the village of Staraya Ladoga, located in the Leningrad Region of Russia.
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Visitors at the Staraya Ladoga Fortress in the village of Staraya Ladoga, located in the Leningrad Region of Russia.
© Sputnik / Alexei Danichev / Go to the photo bankAn exhibition at the Gate Tower of the Staraya Ladoga Fortress in the village of Staraya Ladoga, located in the Leningrad Region of Russia.
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An exhibition at the Gate Tower of the Staraya Ladoga Fortress in the village of Staraya Ladoga, located in the Leningrad Region of Russia.
© Sputnik / Alexei Danichev / Go to the photo bankBurial mounds in the village of Staraya Ladoga, located in the Leningrad Region of Russia.
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Burial mounds in the village of Staraya Ladoga, located in the Leningrad Region of Russia.
© Sputnik / Alexei Danichev / Go to the photo bankA wooden church of St. Dmitry Solunsky at the Staraya Ladoga Fortress in the village of Staraya Ladoga, located in the Leningrad Region of Russia.
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A wooden church of St. Dmitry Solunsky at the Staraya Ladoga Fortress in the village of Staraya Ladoga, located in the Leningrad Region of Russia.
© Sputnik / Alexei Danichev / Go to the photo bankAn exhibition at the Gate Tower of the Staraya Ladoga Fortress in the village of Staraya Ladoga, located in the Leningrad Region of Russia.
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An exhibition at the Gate Tower of the Staraya Ladoga Fortress in the village of Staraya Ladoga, located in the Leningrad Region of Russia.
© Sputnik / Alexei Danichev / Go to the photo bankThe Gate Tower (L) and the Kliment Tower of the Staraya Ladoga Fortress in the village of Staraya Ladoga, located in the Leningrad Region of Russia.
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The Gate Tower (L) and the Kliment Tower of the Staraya Ladoga Fortress in the village of Staraya Ladoga, located in the Leningrad Region of Russia.
© Sputnik / Alexei Danichev / Go to the photo bankThe Staraya Ladoga Fortress in the village of Staraya Ladoga, located in the Leningrad Region of Russia.
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The Staraya Ladoga Fortress in the village of Staraya Ladoga, located in the Leningrad Region of Russia.
© Sputnik / Alexei Danichev / Go to the photo bankThe St. Nicholas Monastery in the village of Staraya Ladoga, located in the Leningrad Region of Russia.
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The St. Nicholas Monastery in the village of Staraya Ladoga, located in the Leningrad Region of Russia.
© Sputnik / Alexei Danichev / Go to the photo bankThe Volkhov River and the village of Staraya Ladoga, located in the Leningrad Region of Russia.
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The Volkhov River and the village of Staraya Ladoga, located in the Leningrad Region of Russia.
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