Attractions

Top Choice Cathedral in Yelets

Ascension Cathedral

Designed by Konstantin Ton (1794–1881), the genius behind Moscow's Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, the Kremlin Armoury and the Grand Kremlin Palace, this beautiful cathedral lords over Yelets from the foot of ul Ko…
Museum in Yelets

Regional Museum

Housed in a sweet blue-and-white 19th-century building, this surprisingly diverse museum is worth visiting. Among the miscellany, you'll find a room of stuffed moose, bears and a wolf; woolly mammoth bones found in …
Park in Yelets

City Park

This park has a summertime Ferris wheel, a concert stage, amusement rides and a statue of writer Ivan Bunin. Next to the main entrance is the antique red-brick fire station; ask the firefighters if you can climb the…
Museum in Yelets

House Museum of Yelets Lace

This quaint, bright-blue building contains an exquisite collection of Yelets lacework displayed in elegant surrounds. The 2nd floor has a collection of paintings by local artists. It's best to phone or email ahead f…
Monastery in Yelets

Znamensky Monastery

There are fine views across town from this restored early-19th-century hilltop monastery. The white steeple and gold-domed church are easily recognisable from afar, and the interior is decorated with some seriously …
Museum in Yelets

Ivan Bunin Museum

The writer, poet and 1933 Nobel laureate Ivan Bunin (1870–1953) spent some of his childhood in Yelets, studying at the town’s gymnasium. This small museum chronicles his life and works. Check out the wall-map with p…
Church in Yelets

Vvedenskaya Church

This jewel-box of a church stands near a cluster of photogenic late-17th- and early-18th-century wooden houses. Follow the road from the church to the bottom of the hill and check out a lovely riverside beach popula…
Museum in Yelets

Khrennikov Museum

Successful Soviet composer Tikhon Khrennikov grew up and first studied music in this rust-red wooden house. Original furniture, photos and artefacts are on display. The documentation is also interesting as a history…
Church in Yelets

Great Count’s Church

Built during the early 1900s, this inventive piece of religious architecture has distinctly modernist, art nouveau flair, with an exotically tiled interior of metallic hues. The cross on the top is made of crystal.