Must-see attractions in Golden Ring

  • Golden Gate

    Golden Ring

    In the 1160s Andrei Bogolyubsky built five defensive gates to guard his city; only this former western entrance survives. It was later restored and…

  • Guardhouse

    Golden Ring

    Constructed in 1826, this small guardhouse was originally a brig to hold arrested soldiers until trial. During the Soviet era it was used as offices for…

  • Annunciation Cathedral

    Yaroslavl

    The city’s main cathedral originally dated from 1215, but was blown up by the Bolsheviks in 1937. What you see now is a modern replica erected for…

  • Sobornaya Ploschad

    Golden Ring

    The expanse of 'Cathedral Sq' is at the heart of downtown Vladimir. Its 22m-tall monument was built for the 850th anniversary of the town's founding…

  • History of Yaroslavl Museum

    Yaroslavl

    This museum is in a lovely house built in 1894 by a local merchant. The main exhibit recounts the history of Yaroslavl through many artefacts from the…

  • Holy Intercession Convent

    Suzdal

    It's a classic Suzdal picture: the whitewashed beauty of monastic walls surrounded by green meadows on the banks of the lazily meandering river. Inside…

  • Radio Museum

    Golden Ring

    Even if you can't understand Russian, if you love gadgets check out this two-storey museum packed with dozens of old radios, TV sets and film cameras,…

  • Ploshchad Volkova

    Yaroslavl

    The massive gate-shaped Vlasyevskaya Watchtower (1659) combined with the Church of the Sign loom over this square named after Fyodor Volkov, who founded…

  • Toy Museum

    Sergiev Posad

    The multiple changing exhibits feature toys from throughout Russian history and around the world; recent exhibits have included toys from the royal…

  • Church of the Resurrection

    Golden Ring

    Dominating Torgovaya pl is this green-roofed neoclassical church with five golden domes, built in 1817 in honor of the 1812 victory over Napoleon. During…

  • Myshkin Town History Museum

    Golden Ring

    This small museum has a series of rooms stuffed to the gills with local artefacts preserved from throughout the decades. Just about anything you can…

  • Church of St Barbara

    Golden Ring

    On a hillside with a commanding view of the Volga is this working church built in 1821 and restored to its former glory in the 1980s. Painter Isaac…

  • Treasures of Yaroslavl Exhibition

    Yaroslavl

    Yaroslavl's most valued artefacts are on display here inside the Monastery of the Transfiguration of the Saviour, including gold icons and jewellery of…

  • Nativity Monastery

    Golden Ring

    Founded in 1192 by Prince Andrei Bogolyubsky's successor, Prince Vsevolod III, this monastery was for a while considered the heart of the Russian church;…

  • Palaty Museum Complex

    Golden Ring

    The grand 18th-century court building between the Assumption and St Dmitry Cathedrals – known as Palaty ('chambers') – houses a children’s museum (adult…

  • Monastery of the Epiphany

    Golden Ring

    The Monastery of the Epiphany is now the Archbishop of Kostroma’s residence. The large cathedral in this 14th- to 19th-century complex is the city’s main…

  • Church of Peter the Metropolitan

    Golden Ring

    This white-brick, tent-roofed church at the southwestern corner of Krasnaya pl was built in 1585, financed by Ivan the Terrible to replace an older wooden…

  • Old City Wall

    Golden Ring

    This grassy hill just south of the Golden Gate is all that remains of the original city walls that once enclosed medieval Vladimir.