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Aleksandrov is famous for being the unofficial capital of Russia when Tsar Ivan the Terrible briefly moved his court to the city which 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.


Basic facts
Name in Russian Александров
Status City and administrative centre of the Aleksandrov District of the Vladimir Region
Location On the River Seraya
Distance 125km north-west of Vladimir; 111km north-east of Moscow
Time Zone Moscow Time
Population 60,580 people (2014)
Founded 14th century
First Mentioned 1434
Former Names Aleksandrovskaya Sloboda
Titles/Awards Golden Ring City
City Day First Saturday in September
Official Website

Top recommendations in Aleksandrov

  • Aleksandrovskaya Sloboda

    Go to the city’s main architectural highlight and museum - the Aleksandrovskaya Sloboda, where Ivan the Terrible held his court for several years.