Architectural, Cultural sights in Golden Ring
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Rostov’s main attraction is its unashamedly photogenic kremlin. Though founded in the 12th century, nearly all the buildings here date to the 1670s and 1680s. With its five magnificent domes, the Assumption Cathedral dominates the kremlin, although it is just outside the latter’s north wall. Outside service hours, you can get inside the cathedral through the door in the church shop on ul Karla Marksa. The cathedral was here a century before the kremlin, while the belfry was added in the 1680s. Each of 15 bells in the belfry has its own name; the largest, weighing 32 tonnes, is called Sysoy, named for the Rostov Metropolitan who oversaw the construction of the kremlin…
Clockwise around the northern side of picturesque Susaninskaya pl are: a 19th-century fire tower (still in use and under Unesco protection); a former military guardhouse, housing a small literature museum; an 18th-century hotel for members of the royal family; the palace of an 1812 war hero, now a courthouse; and the town hall.
Surviving merchants' houses along the Volga embankment are nearby to the History of Yaroslav Museum, such as Dom Mateev.