A good defensive location was found 400 meters (1312 ft) further from the initial place – on Zheravya Hill. A new fortress was built under guidance of the Pskov Prince Sheloga (Seloga) and was finished in 1330.
This triangular fortress had two immense towers and was completely impregnable from two out of three sides due to the peculiar relief of this region.
Thanks to its defensive capabilities, Izborsk Fortress withstood numerous sieges but was never seized by enemies!
With walls and towers situated on the highest hill of the picturesque Malskaya valley, the legendary Izborsk fortress once stood proudly. It's insurmountable limestone walls reliably protected residents from all enemy attacks, a precipice not chosen by simple chance. No, the steep hills and deep ravines nearby made for ideal protection from siege on both sides of fortress located on Zheravi Mountain, which afforded the defenders an unimpeded panorama of approaching danger from ten kilometers or more. Even to this day Izborsk fortress looks proud and unapproachable.
The first time Izborsk was mentioned in " The Tale of Bygone Years " - the ancient chronicles, it was written in 862. This is the year where it was supposed the iconic three brothers administration in Rus' began. The names Rurik, Sineus and Truvor speak of a reign which would culminate in what is today modern Russia. Rurik began to reign in Novgorod, while Sineus established himself at Belo Ozero. As for the youngest of the three, Truvor came to Izborsk. And while his reign was short - only two years, after his death the descendants built a stone cross, which reminds us of him and those heady times when Russia was but a imagined dream.