Attractions

Top Choice Monastery 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 Cathedr…
Top Choice Museum 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 de…
Top Choice Church 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 magnifice…
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 than…
Church in Pereslavl-Zalessky

Forty Martyrs’ Church

Built in 1755, this lakeside church is named for the Forty Martyrs of Sebaste, a group of Roman soldiers who froze to death on a wintry lake in present-day Turkey rather than turn their backs on their Christian fait…
River in Pereslavl-Zalessky

Trubezh River

The peaceful Trubezh, winding 2km from the kremlin to the lake, is fringed by trees and narrow lanes; in nice weather, you might see locals kayaking its length or fishing along its banks (their progress carefully wa…
Church in Pereslavl-Zalessky

Cathedral of the Transfiguration of the Saviour

At the northwestern end of Krasnaya pl, standing out against the background of the grassy remains of the ancient town walls, is one of the oldest buildings in Russia: this brilliant-white limestone church with a sin…
Viewpoint in Pereslavl-Zalessky

Belfry of the Church of the Epiphany

A walk of several flights up brings you to the top of the belfry of this former church in the Goritsky Monastery, from where you can be wowed by 360-degrew views of the Pereslavl area and Lake Pleshcheyevo. If you d…
Square in Pereslavl-Zalessky

Krasnaya Ploschad

This grassy square off the main road is at the heart of what was once Prince Yury Dolgoruky’s kremlin. At one end is the 1152 Cathedral of the Transfiguration of the Saviour; a bust of 13th-century prince Alexander …
Museum in Pereslavl-Zalessky

Radio Museum

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, some of which are a century old. The radios, gleaming in polishe…