Among them was Old (Staraya) Ladoga,located on the small Ladozhka River (now known as the Elena River) near its confluence with the Volkhov River. In the early 21st century the Library digitized the Prokudin-Gorsky Collection and made it freely available to the global public. But later sailed down the river and founded, or established himself in Novgorod (new city). But it was the Vikings who gave their name to the emerging nation. West wall with Church of St. George & bell tower (demolished). In the 8th century AD, the Slavic site of Staraia Ladoga became the Norse settlement of Aldeigjuborg, as Swedish Vikings took advantage of the settlement’s natural harbor to make it a base for trading and raiding. Artifact recovered Rus graves at Gnezdovo, a 10th century settlement in the forest near Smolensk, include silver Scandinavian-style pendants, Slavic style jewelry, … The dedication to the militant figure of St. George is associated with Ladoga’s role in a victorious Novgorodian repulse of an invading Swedish force during a battle on the nearby Voronezhka River in May 1164. Summer 1909. Begun by Novgorod Prince Mstislav the Great, this remarkable fortification guarded the area south of Lake Ladoga from Swedish incurions. The choice of the Marinsky Waterway proved significant in the evolution of Prokudin-Gorsky’s documentary project, for the route connected some of the most ancient settlements in northwestern Russia. If using any of Russia Beyond's content, partly or in full, always provide an active hyperlink to the original material. Its walls were expanded with massive towers by Grand Prince Ivan the Great of Moscow at the end of the 15th century. Staraya Ladoga Fortress. The condition is mostly good, in buried artifact condition, about 30 mm wide at the top … Ruins of west wall and Vorotnaya Tower (left). Summer 1909. Get the week's best stories straight to your inbox. The early Ladoga fortress had earthen ramparts and has been dated to the 9th century. Ladoga is, on average, 5 m above sea level. See more ideas about Lake, Russia, Russia travel. West wall with Vorotnaya Tower (left) & Clement Tower. A Swedish Viking named Rurik obliged, making Staraia Ladoga his initial base before he and his successors moved onto Novgorod, just south of St. Petersburg and Kiev. In the latter half of the 9th century, Ladoga was associated with the rise of the Riurikids, the first Russian dynasty, which lasted until 1598. Between 1903 and 1916 he traveled through the Russian Empire and took over 2,000 photographs with the process, which involved three exposures on a glass plate. Vikings founded Kievan Rus in the mid-9th century, but Scandanavian settlements in Eastern Europe actually date back to at least A.D. 750. Archaeology on the site shows a sudden appearance of Scandinavian artifacts in Ladoga. In the early 20th century the Russian photographer Sergei Prokudin-Gorsky devised a complex process for color photography. Russian Primary Chronicle. Begun by Novgorod Prince Mstislav the Great, this remarkable fortification guarded the area south of Lake Ladoga from Swedish incurions. The St. George Church conforms to a basic form common in pre-Mongol Novgorodian Rus: a simple whitewashed structure of thin brick, with each façade divided into three bays. Church of St. George, interior. Rurik initially settled in Staraya Ladoga, on the shores of Lake Ladoga. At the beginning of the 18th century, Peter the Great founded St. Petersburg in 1703 and greatly expanded Russian territory at Sweden’s expense during the Great Northern War. Foreground: Ladozhka River. There are around 660 islands, with a total area of about 435 km . Basin area: 276,000 km , volume: 837 km (earlier estimated as 908 km ). 8th- to 10th-century Viking burial mounds along the Volkhov River near Staraya Ladoga. Significant impetus was provided by the founding of the Staraya Ladoga Museum in 1971. Ancient Bronze Viking - $14.00 Ancient Bronze Viking Artifact. Built as parish church in 1731. Nonetheless, chronicle accounts maintain Riurik’s early presence in Ladoga in 862. Foreground: Ladozhka (Elena) River. For the Swedish Vikings were known to the Slavs as the Rus-from the Finnish word for Swedes- Ruotsi – that in itself derives from the Swedish word Roor – the term for a crew of oarsmen. Ladoga was one of the earliest Viking settlements in Russia and a stepping stone … Rare Ancient Bronze - $18.99 Rare Ancient Bronze Ring Viking Artifact Bronze Ring Authentic Very Stunning.