Pskov is a town-museum in the open air. The centre of the city is a preserve of UNESCO. In 2003 Pskov marked its 1100 anniversary. The western location influenced the whole history of the city. It was a political and cultural centre of Western Russia, moreover, the most important trading place with European countries. Here, you will also find unique masterpieces of architecture such as the Transfiguration Cathedral with frescoes of the 12th century in the Mironezhsky Monastery, the Pskovian Kremlin, which is crowned by the Trinity Cathedral, and countless churches in the marvellous Pskovian architectural style.
The school of fresco and icon painting that preserved and developed the traditions of Byzantine culture appeared in Pskov. Icons of the 14-16th centuries, the frescoes of the Town of Dovmont and the Metelovskaya Assumption Church are excellent examples of it.