Ploshchad Volkova

The massive gate-shaped Vlasyevskaya Watchtower (1659) combined with the Church of the Sign loom over this square named after Fyodor Volkov, who founded Russia’s first professional theatre in 1750 in a Yaroslavl leather store. The beautiful neoclassical Volkov Theatre (1911) anchoring the north side of the square remains home to one of Russia’s most renowned theatrical troupes.

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2. Treasures of Yaroslavl Exhibition

0.34 MILES

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

3. Cathedral of the Transfiguration

0.37 MILES

This 16th-century cathedral (built 1516) is the oldest free-standing building in Yaroslavl; inside are beautiful frescoes from the time of its…

4. Church of Elijah the Prophet

0.38 MILES

The exquisite church that dominates Sovetskaya pl was built by some prominent local fur dealers in 1650. It has some of the Golden Ring’s brightest…

5. Bell Tower


Climb to the top of the bell tower of the Cathedral of the Transfiguration for excellent views over Yaroslavl and the confluence of its two rivers.

6. Music & Time


Every object has a voice in this little house containing the late magician John Mostoslavsky’s impressive collection of clocks, musical instruments …

8. History of Yaroslavl Museum

0.54 MILES

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…