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Top Choice Church in Golden Ring

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 th…
Top Choice Church in Vladimir

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 (wh…
Top Choice Viewpoint 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 follow …
Top Choice Russian in Suzdal

Gоstiny Dvor

There are so many things to like about this place: eclectic decor of rustic antiques and warm wood; outside terrace tables offering river views; hearty Russian dishes (chicken, pike, pelmeni dumplings) prepared with…
Top Choice Craft Beer in Vladimir

Four Brewers Pub

This pocket-sized pub offers 20 brews on tap and dozens more in bottles – porter, IPA, stout, ale, you name it – all from the brewers' own vats or other Russian microbreweries, with such unforgettable names as 'Bana…
Top Choice Brewery in Plyos

Plyos Beer House

Marvel at the giant tree in the middle of the upstairs bar and snag the corner table for views of the Church of the Resurrection and the Volga – especially compelling at sunset. The brewery offers its own beers on t…
Top Choice Monastery 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 hi…
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 Fortress in Suzdal

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 would…
Top Choice Fortress in Rostov-Veliky

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 собо…