Pskov is one of Russia’s most ancient settlements; the town is mentioned by some historical sources as early as 903.
The name of the city, originally spelled "Pleskov", may be loosely translated as "[the town] of purling waters", as it’s situated at a point where the small Pskov River enters the Velikaya River. The old town is located on a rather high hill of limestone: it is here that the Pskov’s fortress, called Krom or Kremlin, was erected. Nowadays Pskov is a site of cultural tourism, as well as an important educational and military center.
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