Aleksandrov is famous for being the unofficial capital of Russia during a strange period when Tsar Ivan the Terrible briefly moved his court to the city that served as the centre of the feared Oprichnina. It gained further notoriety when Ivan murdered his son and heir here. Aleksandrov can be visited as a day trip from Moscow.
Top recommendations in Aleksandrov
Go to the city’s main architectural highlight and museum - the Aleksandrovskaya Sloboda, where Ivan the Terrible held his court for several years.