Thank you for your interest in Arkhangelsk - a historic seaport city which has interesting activities to offer. You can take a walking tour with a guide or choose one of excursions available. You can dine in diverse restaurants, e.g. Paratov, Terrasa or Barolo. Archangel offers museums like Fine Arts Museum or Malye Korely Wooden Architecture Museum.
Through 432 years of history its fortunes have fluctuated from the only port of Russia to a provincial region centre. However, thanks to the efforts and achievements of its residents, Archangel has always contributed a lot to the country’s economy, not to mention its role in World War II.
In 1584 Tsar Ivan IV (the Terrible) gave the order to build a fortress in the delta of the Northern Dvina at Pur-Navolok Cape. By that time a monastery named after St Michael the Archangel had been about two centuries there. Some time later that fortress with a settlement around got the name of Archangel (or Arkhangelsk). In the 17th century it was the only Russian port and most foreign freight moved through it. Goods for export were brought here from all over Russia. To support the trade and show the state power Tsar Alexey gave the order to build the Arcades or Merchants' Courtyards
Tsar Peter the Great visited Archangel three times. In 1693 he saw the sea for the first time here and learned a lot about sea trade, navigation and ships. Peter I established a state-owned shipyard on Solombala Island and came back a year again to launch the first ship. The monument by Antokolskiy has been in the city since 1914.