Fire Observation Tower
For a fine view of the town’s gilded cupolas, ask the firefighters at the antique red brick fire station to let you climb up their fire...
Ivan Bunin Museum
The writer, poet and 1933 Nobel laureate Ivan Bunin (1870–1953) spent some of his childhood in Yelets, studying at the town’s gymnasium....
Great Count’s Church
Built during the early 1900s, this inventive piece of religious architecture has distinctly modernist, art nouveau flair, with an...
This no-frills bakery serves dark bread, croissants and jam-filled bulochki (buns).
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Regional Museum information
Housed in a sweet pink-and-white 19th-century building, this surprisingly diverse museum is worth a couple hours of exploration. Among the miscellany, you'll find a model of ancient Yelets, a room dedicated to the Mongol cavalry that ran roughshod over Yelets in the 13th century, a beautiful collection of local lace, paintings by local 19th-century artist Meshchkov and information on Yelets’ devastating WWII experience.