Rostov is a city in Yaroslavl Oblast, a Golden Ring destination and a birthplace of Alyosha Popovich, a legendary medieval knight. There are two Rostovs in Russia, the other one is located in the south and called Rostov-on-Don. This Rostov is the oldest and Veliky stands for the Great because of its age.
Since 1970 when the city was defined as a historical preserve, its infrastructure started developing. Later with the decision to make it a frequent visited by tourists place, there emerged a necessity of preservation of the city’s unique monuments of art and architecture. The most important goal was to turn this city into a popular tourist destination such as Suzdal.
With the population over 30 thousand people, Rostov is located on the shores of Lake Nero, about 200 km (125 miles) northeast of Moscow.
It was first mentioned in 862 in the ancient chronicle “Tale of Bygone Years”, and two centuries later it was joined by Rurik to his Kingdom. After becoming the throne of Church, the city was also granted a status of a big political center In Russia.
Nowadays, you can visit the most popular places in Rostov city within the Gilden Ring Tour. Such historical places as Rostov Kremlin, the symbol of Rostov city, Spaso-Yakovlevsky monastery on the shore of the Nero lake and Abramiyev Bogoyavlensky monastery tell you the story of this great Russian city.
With its priceless resource, Rostov still remains “the Great.”
Located in Yaroslavl oblast, Pereslavl Zalessky was founded in 1152 by Prince Yuri Dolgoruky 5 years later than Moscow. Pereslavl Zalessky is situated near the Moscow Oblast border, 140 km northeast of Moscow and 139 kilometers southwest of Yaroslavl.
In medieval times its fort was beleaguered by Mongols and later on by Polish-Lithuanian forces. Being a birthplace of Alexander Nevsky, this town is rather small with basic historic attractions in the center. It is so small, that all the sights are easily visited and examined by foot. Normally two days are enough to get acquainted with the city.
The main sights of the town are: Pereslavl Kremlin surrounded by the rampant hill, Nikitsky Monastery, Pereslavl History and Art Preserve, Goritsky Monstery, Pereslavl History and Art Preserve
During the Golden Ring Tour, you will have a chance to visit a traditionally decorated Russian wooden house and a baking classing and pancake tasting in Pereslavl Zalessky.
Zagorsk (Sergiev Posad)
Zagorsk is a city in North Moscow Oblast, which is famous for its Troitse-Sergiev Monastery, the spiritual home of the Russian Orthodox Church. This is the last destination within the Golden Ring Tour.Sergiyev Posad expanded in the 15th century around one of the greatest of Russian monasteries, the Trinity Lavra erected by St.Sergius Radonezh.
It still remains one of the largest monasteries in Russia. It had officially gained its town status in 1742.Sergiyev Posad expanded in the 15th century around one of the greatest of Russian monasteries, the Trinity Lavra erected by St.Sergius Radonezh. It still remains one of the largest monasteries in Russia. It had officially gained its town status in 1742.
Within the Golden Ring Tour, you will have a chance to visit the St.Trinity – Sergius Monastery in Zagorsk, the spiritual center of the Russian Orthodox Church and “the pearl” of the Russian church architecture.The main church of the Lavra, the Cathedral of the Assumption, maintains the tomb of Boris Godunov. One of the other orthodox treasures of the Lavra is the famous icon, The Trinity , by Andrei Rublev.
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