Yaroslavl region is the golden heritage of Russian culture, which miraculously survived here thanks to the care and work of local residents. The ancient ensembles of the Goritsky Monastery and the Rostov Kremlin, the high walls of the Borisoglebsky and Spaso-Yakovlevsky monasteries, hundreds of painted churches and cozy landscapes of small towns are worth visiting all the places in the vicinity of Yaroslavl.
Top 10 interesting places to visit:
Goritsky Uspensky Monastery and Lake Pleshcheyevo, Pereslavl-Zalessky
Rostov Kremlin and Lake Nero, Rostov
Spaso-Yakovlevsky Monastery, Rostov
Ilyinskaya Church, Yaroslavl
Park "Strelka" and the Volga River embankment in Yaroslavl
Tolgsky Monastery, Yaroslavl
Kazan Church, Tutaev
Rybinsk Museum-Reserve, Rybinsk
Uglich Kremlin, Uglich
Sights map of the Yaroslavl region
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Travel around the Yaroslavl region
Yaroslavl region is a very beautiful and colorful region, full of historical sights and natural beauties. Being close to Moscow, it is one of the most interesting regions of Central Russia, annually attracting millions of tourists and lovers of scenic places. It is no coincidence. The official composition of the famous "Golden Ring of Russia" from 7 cities 3 is in the Yaroslavl region: Pereslavl-Zalessky, Rostov Veliky and the capital of the region Yaroslavl. If we consider that on the way from Moscow it is impossible to drive past the Holy Trinity Sergius Lavra in Sergiev Posad, also included in the list, then the path to Yaroslavl from Moscow becomes literally a half of the Golden Ring! Unofficial list of cities of the Golden Ring includes many more small cities that have made a great contribution to the national culture of Russia and are, on the one hand, Orthodox pilgrimage sites, and on the other, cultural heritage sites and masterpieces of Russian architecture. So, in the Yaroslavl region, that list includes Myshkin, Uglich and Tutaev, and therefore I will tell you a little more about each of them.
Starting the way from Moscow, literally in a couple of hours there will be the first city of the Yaroslavl region - Pereslavl-Zalessky. Its history goes back over 900 years, during which the city managed to visit both the administrative, manufacturing and fishing centers. Located on the banks of the huge Plescheevsky lake, here is a beautiful flora and unique fauna listed in the Russian "Red Book of nature". As the spiers of six monasteries rise throughout the city, the most beautiful of them is located at a height above the city and once served for its defense - the Goritsky Uspensky Monastery, now a museum. The city is famous for its many skilled craftsmen who transform everyday things into art museums: here you can find an old russian coin museum, an iron museum, a teapot museum and many other places with a national flavor.
Another hour away is a real pearl of the Golden Ring of Russia. And not only the Golden Ring, but the whole of Russia - the Russian city of Rostov, one of the oldest on Rusland. Its foundation dates back to the 9th century AD, as the history of modern Russia began from the Rostov-Suzdal principality. Today, the city is inhabited by only 30,000 inhabitants, but it was once the largest industrial and craft center of Russia, trading with all the neighboring principalities and even abroad! Towering on its borders, the Spaso-Yakovlensky and Avraamiev Epiphany monasteries are surrounded by high walls protecting the city from enemies from land, and in the center of the city rises one of the most beautiful kremlins in Russia. Just look at its powerful impregnable walls, tall towers with bells, a wide courtyard and golden domes! Truly, these places are incredibly beautiful. And if you take a boat trip across Lake Nero, you can see one of the most exciting and inspiring city landscapes in Russia!
The capital of the region, the city of Yaroslavl, was founded by Yaroslav the Wise as a major trade center on the Volga river, but the subsequent crushing of the Yaroslavl principality into many small ones put an end to the prosperity of the city, which during the history repeatedly changed its administrative affiliation. Only at the beginning of the last century, the Yaroslavl region emerged as a separate entity, and Yaroslavl became its industrial center. Since then, the city has acquired a modern Soviet look, which it still preserves today. The walls of the Yaroslavl Museum-Reserve, which according to legends were laid by Yaroslav the Wise, rise in the center of the city. There are several monasteries and churches around the city, as well as one of the most beautiful embankments on the Volga River. Definitely worth a visit here, but in my opinion, Yaroslavl is inferior to small cities in the region in national traits and ancient Russian architecture.
Moving west along the banks of the Volga, vast spaces begin, so often referred to as “Russians” - villages, people, roads... Sometimes the route is not visible due to hundreds of patches or soil, and oncoming cars you can not watch for half an hour! Driving deserted kilometer after kilometer, you begin to realize another Russia, its vast territories and the influence of scale on the lives of people. On the way from Yaroslavl to the second largest city of the Rybinsk region, you will drop by the Tutaev county town, located on the neighboring banks of the Volga; locals move between them by ferry. Here a steep bank descends to a fast-flowing river, and on the neighboring banks two Orthodox objects are facing each other — the Kazan Church and the Resurrection Cathedral. And still not far from Yaroslavl is located the largest nunnery in Russia - the Tolgsky Monastery, where pilgrims come from all over the country and from abroad. The miraculous icon of Our Lady of Tolga is kept here in Vvedensky Cathedral, and inside it is decorated with thousands of color paintings depicting saints and stories from the Holy Scriptures. Truly, this is a miracle of miracles, and to see such is great joy and rarity!
Arriving in Rybinsk, the first thing you observe is the spire of the Spaso-Preobrazhenskiy Cathedral, the tallest building in the city. On the banks of the Volga, next to it, there is the beautiful building of the Rybinsk Museum-Reserve, which tells about the history of this region, as well as present the pictures of Russian artists (all in originals!). This city is quiet and peaceful, here you can have a good time and take a break from the hustle and bustle of metropolitan life.
If you move from Rybinsk back to Moscow, then along the way you will meet some of the most beautiful small cities of Russia - Myshkin, Uglich and Kalyazin. The first today is the center of craftsmen, turning any object into a work of art! Myshkin thrives on tourism by betting on his name and honoring mice. Surprisingly, a whole Mouse Palace and a museum dedicated to mices were built here. Here are museums at every turn; you can spend more than one day walking from house to house! Everything is in traditional Russian style, just like from a fairytale.
The city of Uglich is of little known to tourists who are not experienced in Russian history. It has never been a particularly large city, there have been no few significant cultural or political events. Except for one: Tsarevich Dimitry, the son of Ivan the Terrible and the last heir of the Rurik dynasty was killed here. According to legend, it was the princes of Uglich during the reception of the prince killed him in the conspiracy of Boris Godunov. This happened after the death of Ivan the Terrible, so the famous phrase about “father killing a son” is nothing more than fiction. The enraged local residents then burned down the entire Uglich Kremlin, which today left only ruins. Later, an Orthodox church and the Church of Dimitry Tsarevich On Blood were built in its place, which is considered to be one of the most beautiful in Russia. Uglich masters are also known for creating a real floating fortress city, which was rafted down the Volga and became a stronghold of Russian troops for the capture of Kazan in 16th century; now it is the city of Sviyazhsk. This is not the end of the beautiful places in the region; if you have a wish, they will surely be found here...
Welcome to the Yaroslavl region - the territory of Russian folk crafts, Orthodox spirituality and fantastic natural landscapes. Here everyone will find something to their liking and will get a lot of pleasant impressions!