Sights in Vologda

In the Historical Centre (Vologda Kremlin)

St Sophia's Cathedral and Bell Tower

St Sophia's Cathedral is the major landmark in Vologda and the oldest surviving building in the city. Construction of the white stone building was began in 1568 during the reign of Ivan the Terrible. However all construction work was unexpectedly halted in 1571 on the orders of the... Read more »

Archbishop's Court

The Archbishop's Court was established within the Vologda Kremlin between 1671 and 1675 to serve as the residence and administrative centre. Since the walls of the Vologda Kremlin no longer survive many people actually mistake the Archbishop's Court for the kremlin itself as the court is surrounded by... Read more »

Varlam Shalamov House-Museum

  • 15c1 Ulitsa Sergeya Orlova

The Russian author Varlam Shalamov was born in Vologda and in 1907 and he lived up until 1924 in the two-storey house next to St Sophia's Cathedral, which is now a house-museum in his honour. Shalamov is most famous for his writings known as The Kolyma Tales about... Read more »

St Aleksandr Nevsky's Church

  • 10 Ulitsa Sergeya Orlova

St Aleksandr Nevsky's Church stands at the northern end of Kremlyovskaya Ploshad (Kremlin Square). Originally a wooden church stood here dedicated to St Nicholas to mark the creation of a copy of the revered Velikaya River Icon of St Nicholas, which passed through Vologda in 1556 when returning... Read more »

Konstantin Batyushkov Monument

  • Ulitsa Sergeya Orlova

Konstantin Batyushkov was a Russian poet who was born and died in Vologda. In recognition of this connection, in 1987, on the 200th anniversary of the poet's birth, a statue of Batyushkov was unveiled between Kremlyovskaya Ploschad and Vologda. The monument depicts Batyushkov standing next to a horse,... Read more »

Lace Museum

Vologda and the neighbouring region is famed for its production of lace and situated in a grand mid-19th century building on city's main square is a museum dedicated to this fine material. The first hall is dedicated to the production of lace in Europe and includes examples of... Read more »

Church Ensemble on Torgovaya Ploschad

Torgovaya Ploschad (Trading Square) is located on the eastern side of the Vologda Kremlin and is so named as it was once home to the city's market and then trading rows. Two churches stand on the square, both of which are known as being located 'on the Torg'. Intercession... Read more »

Vladimir Lenin Monument

  • Ploschad Svobody

Vologda's main Lenin statue stands on Ploschad Svobody (Freedom Square) which is located at the start of the boulevard on Prospekt Pobedy. The bronze statue was unveiled in 1958 and is the work of sculptor Nikolai Tomsky known for his numerous statutes of the leader of the Bolsheviks.... Read more »

In the Verkhny Posad

Founder of Vologda Monument

  • beginning of Ulitsa Burmaginykh

In 2012 on the 865th anniversary of Volgoda a monument to St Gerasim of Vologda was unveiled in the small park at the beginning of Ulitsa Burmaginykh on the banks of the River Vologda. St Gerasim is considered to be the founder of Vologda due to the Tale... Read more »

Museum of Forgotten Things

In 1991 a 19th-century wooden mansion became the home to a new museum dedicated to everyday items of bygone eras. The dining room, living room, children's room and study on the first floor have been carefully recreated to appear how they would have looked in pre-revolution Russia, using... Read more »

Churches of the Former Ilinsky Monastery

  • 14A+Б Ulitsa Zasodimskogo

The Ilinsky Monastery is believed to have been founded during the reign of Tsar Ivan the Terrible in the mid-16th century, but later destroyed during the Time of Troubles. The monastery was subsequently refounded and new stone churches where built in the end of the century. However by... Read more »

Ss Constantine and Helena's Church

  • 85 Prospekt Pobedy

One of the prettiest churches in Vologda is Ss Constantine and Helena's Church which is an example of the decorative Russian uzorochye architectural style. The current surviving version dates from 1690, but previous to this a wooden church stood here since 1503. In structure it consists of a... Read more »

800th Anniversary of Vologda Monument

  • Lenivaya Ploschadka

Vologda's Lenivaya Ploschadka (Lazy Square) represents the oldest part of Vologda. It gets its named from the fact that a "lazy" market was historically held here where merchants would sell their goods straight from their cart. Over the years several churches were located here, including the stone Resurrection... Read more »

Dormition Church of the Former Gorny Convent

  • 19A Ulitsa Burmaginykh

In 1590 the Gorny Convent was founded in Vologda and between 1692 and 1699 the Dormition Church was built inside, replacing an earlier stone version. In 1880 a bell tower and refectory were built on. In 1918 the convent was closed but the Dormition Church continued to function... Read more »

In the Nizhny Posad

War Memorial

  • Kirovsky Skver

Situated in Kirovsky Gardens is the city's main war memorial. It was unveiled in 1968 and consists of three plinths depicting the names of 173 heroes of the Soviet Union from Vologda and the surrounding areas. At the bottom of the plinths is a bar-relief depicting the faces... Read more »

Revolution Square

  • Ploschad Revolyutsi

The main square in the Nizhny Posad part of Vologda is Ploschad Revolyutsi (Revolution Square). Here are two monuments traditional for Russian cities. One is an Eternal Flame in memory of those who died in the Second World War which was lit in 1975 on the 20th anniversary... Read more »

St John the Baptist Church in Roschenye

  • Detsky Park, Ulitsa

Located in Vologda's Detsky Park (Children's Park) is the St John the Baptist Church in Roschenye, which dates from 1710. Previous to this a wooden church stood here which burned down in 1698. In structure the church is formed of a standard octagon-on-cube structure attached to a bell... Read more »

'Vologda at the Turn of the 20th Century' Exhibition Complex

The Vologda at the Turn of the 20th Century Exhibition Complex consists of three wooden buildings - a mansion, shop and lodging house - which once belonged to the Samarin merchant family. The complex has been restored to how it would have looked in the end of the... Read more »

Vologda Exile Museum

Vologda served as a place of exile of political prisoners at the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century, especially during the period of Prime Minister Stolypin. Between December 1911 and February 1912 Iosef Stalin lived in a small wooden house while in... Read more »

'Literature. Culture. 20th Century' Museum

The 'Literature. Culture. 20th Century' Museum is actually specifically dedicated to the poet Nikolai Rubstov, who lived and died in Vologda, and the composer Valery Gavrilin, who was born in Vologda. It was opened in 2005 and details the lives and work of the two cultural figures, including... Read more »

Nikolai Rubstov Monument

  • Petrovsky Skver, Sovetsky Prospekt

The 20th century lyrical poet Nikolay Rutsov was born in the Russian North in 1936 but lived during the war in Vologda and then after the death of his mother was raised in a children's home in the Vologda Region, before returning to Vologda after the war. The... Read more »

Peter the Great House-Museum

Vologda's Peter the Great House-Museum is located in a small stone building dating from the mid-17th century where Peter the Great himself stayed five times (1692, 1693, 1694, 1702 and 1724) when visiting Vologda. In 1872 it became the first museum in Volgoda displaying over 100 items connected... Read more »

In Zarechye

Meeting of the Lord Church

  • 85 Naberezhnaya VI Armi

The Meeting of the Lord Church was built on the embankment of the River Vologda on the Zarechye side of the city between 1731 and 1735 in the Russian baroque style. In 1830 a bell tower in the Russian gothic revival style was added on to the main... Read more »

St John Chrysostom's Church

  • 105 Naberezhnaya VI Armii

The exact date of foundation of St John Chrysostom's Church is not known for sure but it is believed to date from the mid-17th century. It consists of a large cubic structure with five silver domes. Attached to this is a bell tower which was built on in... Read more »

Ensemble of St Demetrius of Priluki's Church and Dormition Church

  • 119 + 121 Naberezhnaya VI Armii

On the embankment of the River Vologda on the Zarechye side of Vologda, close to Oktyabrsky Bridge, is a church ensemble consisting of two churches: St Demetrius of Priluki's Church and the Dormition Church. St Demetrius of Priluki's Church The oldest of the two churches is St Demetrius of Priluki's... Read more »

St Nicholas' Church in Vladychnaya Sloboda

St Nicholas' Church in Vladychnaya Sloboda dates from 1669 making it the third oldest surviving church in the city after St Sophia's Cathedral and St Demetrius of Priluki's Church. It consists of a traditional cubic structure topped with five domes which are its most striking feature as they... Read more »

St Andrew the Apostle's Church in Fryazinovo

  • 205 Naberezhnaya VI Armii

Further down the embankment on the Zarechye side of Vologda is St Andrew the Apostle's Church in Fryazinovo. It was built sometime between 1670 and 1687 and consists of a cubic structure topped with one dome and attached to a small bell tower. The church was closed in... Read more »

In Priluki

Spaso-Prilutsky Monastery

The Spaso-Prilutsky Monastery located in the village of Priluki which has since been incorporated into the city of Vologda is one of the finest surviving examples of a fortified monastery. The monastery was founded in 1371 by the monk Dmitry, a disciple of St Sergius of Radonezh, who... Read more »