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Yaroslavl

Essentials

Yaroslavl is one of Russia's oldest cities and considered the capital of the Golden Ring, famous for its numerous examples of beautiful church architecture. It makes a perfect destination for a weekend break from Moscow and can also be combined with a visit to Rostov Veliky.

Yaroslavl


Basic facts
Status City-municipality and administrative centre of the Yaroslavl Region
Location On the confluence of the River Kotorosl and the Volga
Distance 280km north-east of Moscow
Time Zone Moscow Time
Population 602,400 people (2014)
Founded 1010
First mentioned 1071
Titles/Awards Golden Ring City, Historical City
City Day Last Saturday in May
Official Website http://www.city-yar.ru/

Top recommendations in Yaroslavl

  • Spaso-Preobrazhensky Monastery

    Visit the Spaso-Preobrazhensky Monastery which is now the Yaroslavl Museum-Reserve with many exhibitions on the history and culture of Yaroslavl. St Elijah the Prophet's Church

  • Cathedrals and Churches

    Walk around the city to have a look at some of the beautiful cathedrals and churches for which Yaroslavl is famous.

  • Frescos

    Not only are Yaroslavl's churches beautiful on the outside, several are decorated on the inside with stunning frescos, the best ones are now preserved as museums.

  • Strelka

    Go to the new Millennium Park on the Strelka and walk along the embankments where several museums are located.

  • Tolgsky Convent

    Take a ferry to the 14th century Svyato-Vvedensky Tolgsky Convent.