Attractions

Top Choice Monastery in Sergiev Posad

Trinity Monastery of St Sergei

In 1340, St Sergei of Radonezh founded this monastery, which soon became the spiritual centre of Russian Orthodoxy. St Sergei was credited with providing mystic support to prince Dmitry Donskoy in his improbable vic…
Top Choice Monastery in Suzdal

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 im…
Top Choice Monastery in Kostroma

Monastery of St Ipaty

There is a bizarre similarity in the names of the Romanov dynasty’s start and end points. The last tzar’s family was executed in engineer Ipatyev’s house in Yekaterinburg, while St Ipaty Monastery in Kostroma – stan…
Top Choice Fortress in Suzdal

Kremlin

This kremlin is the grandfather of the one in Moscow. In the 12th century, it was the base of prince Yury Dolgoruky, who ruled the vast northeastern part of Kyivan Rus and, among many other things, founded an outpos…
Top Choice Square in Kostroma

Susaninskaya Ploshchad

Picturesque Susaninskaya pl was built as an ensemble under Catherine the Great’s patronage after a fire in 1773. It was nicely revamped on the occasion of Romanov dynasty's 400-year anniversary in 2013. Its centrepi…
Top Choice Church in Vladimir

Assumption Cathedral

Set dramatically on a high bluff above the Oka River, this fine piece of pre-Mongol architecture is the legacy of Prince Andrei Bogolyubsky – the man who started the shift of power from Kyiv to Northeastern Rus, whi…
Top Choice Church in Vladimir

Cathedral of St Dmitry

Built between 1193 and 1197, this exquisite cathedral represents the epitome of Russian stone carving. The attraction here is the cathedral’s exterior walls, covered in an amazing profusion of images. The top centre…
Top Choice Monastery in Yaroslavl

Monastery of the Transfiguration of the Saviour

Founded in the 12th century, the 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, dating from 1516, are…
Top Choice Museum in Yaroslavl

Music & Time

Every object has a voice in this little house containing ex-conjuror John Mostoslavsky’s impressive collection of clocks, musical instruments, bells and old vinyl records. Guides, including the owner himself, turn e…
Fortress in Rostov-Veliky

Kremlin

Rostov’s main attraction is unashamedly photogenic. 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 (Успенский …