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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…
Viewpoint in Plyos

Resurrection Hill

For a bird's-eye view over Plyos, head up the hill from Torgovaya pl to the wooden stairs on the right. Climb to the top (there's a handy resting bench halfway up) and follow the path to the right, where you'll see …
Museum in Plyos

Levitan House Museum

Art by famed Russian painter Isaac Levitan is displayed in the riverside house where he and painters Alexey Stepanov and Sofia Kuvshinnikova lived for three summers, from 1888 to 1890. Levitan produced some 200 work…
Museum in Plyos

Landscape Museum

The Plyos landscape has inspired many painters to capture it; many such works from the mid-19th to early-20th centuries hang in this museum, housed in a former mansion at the far eastern end of the embankment. Nearb…
Square in Plyos

Torgovaya Ploschad

The oldest part of town is along the river, as evidenced by the ramparts of the old fort, which dates from 1410. Central Torgovaya pl (Market Sq) has long been the town's mercantile heart, with rows of trading stall…
Church in Plyos

Church of the Resurrection

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 the Soviet era the church was closed and fell into disrepair;…
Coffee in Plyos

Sofya Petrovna Kuvshinnikova's Coffeehouse

The service here isn't the fastest but this embankment cafe is the most central place in town to go for coffee and breakfast (or dessert). It's named after Sofya Kuvshinnikova, a married painter who had an infamous …
Russian in Plyos

Cast Iron Pot Restaurant

Meat is on the menu at this little place in a red-brick house with large wooden shutters on the embankment – the restaurant specialises in steaks and grilled skewers (especially of lamb or veal). The friendly waiter…
Russian in Plyos

Dachnik

A small place in a prime spot on the embankment that serves well-cooked traditional Russian food. The menu isn't large but it has some interesting choices, including local smoked bream and Uzbek pilaf with beef, as …
Church in Plyos

Church of St Barbara

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 Levitan portrayed it in his masterwork Evening: Golden Plyos (1889)…