Just a quarter of a century ago Nizhny Novgorod could not be found on any tourist itinerary maps: between 1959 and 1990 Nizhny was called Gorky and it was Soviet Union’s largest closed city. Named in honour of its most famous resident, early 20th-century Russian writer Maxim Gorky, the city was a symbol of Soviet Union’s military prowess. At the same time Nizhny Novgorod is an old Russian merchant town with timber planking and carved window frames that survived the onslaught of modern architecture.
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Nizhny Novgorod 2018 | City of Craftsmen Museum and Tourist ComplexGorodets is the oldest town in Nizhny Novgorod OblastGorodets is the oldest town in Nizhny Novgorod Oblast
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City of Craftsmen Museum and Tourist Complex
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Gorodets is the oldest town in Nizhny Novgorod Oblast. The local museum quarter can be seen in an hour and boasts perfectly preserved old stone merchant houses and multicoloured peasant log cabins with chiselled wood carvings that look like something out of a fairy tale. Gorodets is the best place to buy souvenirs made by Nizhny Novgorod craftsmen. Nizhny Novgorod Oblast accounts for more than half of all Russian arts and crafts, and most of them are sold in the major City of Craftsmen Museum and Tourist Complex located on the Volga River embankment in Gorodets.