Arkhangelsk (Archangel), Russia

Arkhangelsk formerly called Archangel in English, is a city and the administrative center of Arkhangelsk Oblast, Russia. It lies on both banks of the Northern Dvina river near its exit into the White Sea in the far north of European Russia. City districts spread for over 40 kilometers (25 mi) along the banks of the river and numerous islands of its delta. Arkhangelsk was the chief seaport of medieval Russia.

Arkhangelsk has a lot of building work and modernisation going on around the town. This is especially true of the area around the Sea and River Station. However there are the usual reminders of the town's soviet past in the form of statues and war memorials etc. the main difference from other Russian towns being the maritime aspect.

Arkhangelsk also boasts a cathederal and a number of interesting smaller churches. The town has five or six small museums including the museum of fine arts. The people are warm and friendly, especially if you have some Russian.

Things to see and do

* Sutyaguin House
* Cape Pur-Navolok and the Merchant Yard
* Pomorskaya Street
* Chumbarova-Luchinskogo Avenue
* Malye Korely - biggest open-air museum of wooden architecture in Europe

Cruise Season – March - Nov
Currency – Ruble (RUB)
Language – Russian
Land Area - 294.42 sq km’s
Population – 58, 620 approx
Electricity – 2 round pins European style
Time – GMT plus two hours to plus twelve hours
International Country Telephone Code – + 7

Port Location – The marine passenger terminal is located in the very centre of Arkhangelsk.

Travel Links – Arkhangelsk is served by Talagi Airport and the smaller Vaskovo Airport. The city is located at the very end of the 1,133 km (704 mi) long railroad, connecting it to Moscow via Vologda and Yaroslavl.

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