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It was founded in 1147 as Trinity Monastery - though the question of whether a town formed around this monastery is much debated, as this date would make Vologda as old as Moscow. It is generally accepted that the actual town was established in 1264.
Today, Vologda is known for being far from other large cities, for its transporation, churches and cathedrals, historic architecture, and harsh weather and snow.
People Born in Vologda
Vologda in People's Lives
Joseph Conrad: My family moved here in May of 1862, after my father and our family were exiled from Warsaw due to his part in political rebellions. The Polish government kept us here until January of 1863, when they ordered us moved to Chernihiv, Ukraine.