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Yaroslavl: over 1,000 years of History & tradition



Yaroslavl: Volga River embankment, Yaroslavl

Church of Elijah The Prophet, Yaroslavl on Golden Ring


Key Facts: 

         Yaroslavl, the Heartland of the Golden Ring of Russia


  • The ancient town of Yaroslavl is located 250 km (160 miles) northeast of Moscow. It is an important part of the Golden Ring group of ancient towns
  • The city of Yaroslavl, on the historical Golden Ring of Russia,  recently celebrated its 1,000-th birthday

  • Historical Centre of the City of Yaroslavl is on the UNESCO World Heritage List 

  • The city’s historical center, at the junction of the Volga & Kotorosl rivers, is proudly on the UNESCO’s list of World Heritage sites

  • A 1,000-ruble bank note, second largest denomination bill in Russia, depicts the views of Yaroslavl including the monument to Yaroslav the Wise, the founder of the city in 1010 AD

  • In the 13th century Yaroslavl started to emerge as a major cultural hub with the construction of stone structures including the Transfiguration of the Savior (in Russian: Spaso-Preobrazhensky) Monastery and the opening of this country’s first seminary
  • Yaroslavl gave rise to the Russian theater and spawned a wealth of new inventions, prominent scientists and artists

  • In the 17th century Yaroslavl was already riding high as Russia’s 2nd largest city after Moscow

  • This is exactly when the city’s oldest churches of St. Nicholas Nadein and of Elijah the Prophet and other architectural masterpieces which have some of the Golden Ring’s most impressive frescoes, appeared on the city’s map

  • The Transfiguration of the Savior Cathedral of the Spassky Monastery, built in 1516, is city’s oldest structure and is of remarkable architectural and cultural value

  • Yaroslavl will be a host venue for the 2018 FIFA World Cup

  • Population of Yaroslavl is approx. 591,000 residents

  • Yaroslavl is easily accessible by rail or by car if you travel from major neighboring cities of Moscow or St. Petersburg