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  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.

Basic facts
City-municipality and administrative centre of the Yaroslavl Region
On the confluence of the River Kotorosl and the Volga
280km north-east of Moscow
Time Zone
Moscow Time
602,400 people (2014)
First mentioned
Golden Ring City, Historical City
City Day
Last Saturday in May
Official Website

Top recommendations in Yaroslavl

  • Spaso-Preobrazhensky Monastery

    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

    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

    Tolgsky Convent

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