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The great Russian Oka and Volga rivers meet in Nizhny Novgorod, the region's capital whose architecture has amazed its visitors for centuries: the Kremlin, numerous Orthodox churches, and skillfully made carvings on the windows of wooden houses. Lovers of literature visit Bolshoe Boldino, a place where Alexander Pushkin spent three productive creative seasons. Nizhny Novgorod Oblast is also famous for the Russian Khokhloma folk craft (wood painting handicraft). In the town of Semyonov you can see how Khokhloma items are made and have a go yourself; the process hasn't changed since ancient times.More about the region