Yaroslavl is one of Russia's oldest cities and considered the capital of the Golden Ring. It was founded in 1010 by Prince Yaroslav the Wise, becoming the first Russian city to be founded on the Volga. It famous for its numerous examples of beautiful church architecture and its Historical Centre has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It makes a perfect destination for a weekend break from Moscow and can also be combined with a visit to Rostov Veliky.
Top recommendations in Yaroslavl
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.
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.
Go to the new Millennium Park on the Strelka and walk along the embankments where several museums are located.
Take a ferry to the 14th century Svyato-Vvedensky Tolgsky Convent.