Yaroslavl region: the golden heritage of Russian culture

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Main facts:

  • Administrative center: Yaroslavl

  • Federal District: Central

  • Language(s): Russian

  • Population: 1,265,000

  • Timezone: UTC+3

  • Main religion: Orthodoxy

Top 10 attractions:

Sights map of Yaroslavl region

Travel around 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! The 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!