Top ChoiceMonastery in Suzdal

Saviour Monastery of St Euthymius

Saviour Monastery of St Euthymius

Founded in the 14th century to protect the town’s northern entrance, Suzdal’s biggest monastery grew mighty in the 16th and 17th centuries after Vasily III, Ivan the Terrible and the noble Pozharsky family funded...

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Kremlin

The grandfather of the Moscow Kremlin, this citadel was the 12th-century base of Prince Yury Dolgoruky, who ruled the vast northeastern part of Kyivan Rus (and, among other things, founded a small outpost that...

Top ChoiceChurch in Golden Ring

Church of the Intercession on the Nerl

Church of the Intercession on the Nerl

Tourists and pilgrims all flock to Bogolyubovo, just 12km northeast of Vladimir, for this perfect little jewel of a 12th-century church standing amid a flower-covered floodplain. The Church of the Intercession on...

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Assumption Cathedral

Set dramatically high above the Klyazma River, this simple but majestic piece of pre-Mongol architecture is the legacy of Prince Andrei Bogolyubsky, the man who began shifting power from Kyiv to northeastern Rus...

Top ChoiceViewpoint in Vladimir

Old Vladimir Museum

This red-brick former water tower contains a multistorey exhibit of everyday objects from Vladimir's history (no English signage); the display of old clocks and stopwatches is among the most interesting. But...

Top ChoiceMonastery in Sergiev Posad

Trinity Monastery of St Sergius

In 1340 St Sergius of Radonezh founded this lavra (senior monastery), which soon became the spiritual centre of Russian Orthodoxy. St Sergius was credited with providing mystic support to Prince Dmitry Donskoy in...

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Rostov-Veliky Kremlin

Rostov-Veliky’s main attraction is unashamedly photogenic. Though founded in the 12th century, most of the buildings date to the 1670s and 1680s.The five magnificent domes of the Assumption Cathedral (Успенский...

Top ChoiceMonastery in Pereslavl-Zalessky

Goritsky Monastery

This large hilltop monastery 2.5km south of the centre was founded in the 14th century, though the oldest buildings today are the 17th-century gates, gate-church and belfry. Its centrepiece is the Assumption...

Top ChoiceMuseum in Pereslavl-Zalessky

Pereslavl Railway Museum

A large collection of old locomotives, coaches, boxcars and other narrow-gauge railroad relics that once ran through this part of Russia (up to the middle of the 20th century) are displayed on tracks and inside a...

Top ChoiceMonastery in Yaroslavl

Monastery of the Transfiguration of the Saviour

Monastery of the Transfiguration of the Saviour

Founded in the 12th century, the Unesco-listed Monastery of the Transfiguration of the Saviour was one of Russia’s richest and best-fortified monasteries by the 16th century. The oldest surviving structures,...

Top ChoiceMuseum in Suzdal

Museum of Wooden Architecture & Peasant Life

This open-air museum across the river from Suzdal's kremlin offers a fascinating glimpse into the traditional lives of rural folk in this area. Besides log houses, windmills, a barn, and lots of tools and...

Top ChoiceChurch in Pereslavl-Zalessky

Assumption Cathedral

Hearing your footsteps echoing in the gloom as you walk through this empty, unrestored cathedral (built 1744) within Goritsky Monastery makes it almost seem more sobering than an actual church service. The...

Top ChoiceMuseum in Yaroslavl

Music & Time

Every object has a voice in this little house containing the late magician John Mostoslavsky’s impressive collection of clocks, musical instruments (harmoniums, a loud hurdy-gurdy), bells and gramophones – one of...

Monastery in Kostroma

Monastery of St Ipaty

Named after St Ipaty (Hypatios) of Gangara, this monastery at the confluence of the Volga and Kostroma Rivers was founded in the 1330s by Chet, a Tatar prince who converted to Christianity. In 1590 his...

Museum in Pereslavl-Zalessky

Peter’s Sailboat Museum

Lake Pleshcheyevo is where a 16-year-old Peter the Great developed his obsession with the sea while on holiday. He continued to study navigation and boatbuilding and by age 20 had built a ‘toy flotilla’ of more...

Farm in Golden Ring

Sumarokovskaya Elk Farm

Founded in 1963, this research farm breeds European elk (Alces alces; called 'moose' in North America) for their nutrient-dense milk, considered beneficial for various stomach ailments; you can try it at the farm...

Historic Site in Golden Ring

Kremlin

Within Uglich's waterside kremlin, the 15th-century Prince’s Chambers (Палаты угличских удельных князей) house a historical exhibit about Dmitry, the son of Ivan the Terrible, who died here in 1591 under...

Church in Yaroslavl

John the Baptist Church at Tolchkovo

It’s a shame that dingy industrial surroundings discourage most people from visiting Yaroslavl’s largest and most unique church – you may recognise it from the 1000-rouble currency note. Protected by Unesco, the...

Church in Vladimir

Cathedral of St Dmitry

Built between 1193 and 1197, this exquisite, Unesco-listed white-stone cathedral represents the epitome of Russian stone carving. The attraction here is the cathedral’s exterior walls, which are covered in an...

Monastery in Rostov-Veliky

Monastery of Saviour & St Jacob

This restored monastery (originally founded in the late 14th century) is the sparkling-white fairy-tale apparition you’ll see as you approach Rostov-Veliky by road or rail. English-language tours may be available...