The Arcade of the Gostiny Dvor

In the northern vicinity of the princely court lay the Market, the hub of Novgorod's business life. Long rows of stalls extended as far as the river, terminating at the Great Row, or riad. There were some 1,500 stalls at the market in the 16th century. The produce of Novgorodian smiths, potters, icon painters, silversmiths, tailors and bone-carvers commanded a ready sale. Merchants from Western Europe, the East and Byzantium were frequent visitors there.