4th Largest City: Nizhny Novgorod

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©Routard05/flickr

The historic Russian towns to the northeast from Moscow is the ‘Golden Ring‘. If you visit these towns, you can embrace the rich history which entails full of their important events about their rise and their falls, from dynasties to what they have today. A great way to discover these prominent towns which are also open-air museums is by the bus tour. You can see many unique Russian architectural monuments from the 12th to the 17th centuries and many of which brings you back to the dramatic events and various exceptional people in the history.

Nizhny Novgorod

This is a very impressive city and it is the fourth largest in Russia. You can see more than 600 unique historic, cultural monuments and architectures, amongst them are UNESCO sites of great cultural value. The city itself is very exciting to travel around and you must also not missed the unique Sokol airbase where the legendary Russian fighter jet MiG-29 flight are held. Diveevo monastery is another popular place and pilgrim to check out. The famous Russian poet Alexander Pushkin has his estate in this city and you can find out more about him while exploring the place.

Zalesye & Opolye

Zalesye actually means “place over the woods” and Opolye means “place in the fields”. This historic place has the northern and western parts of Vladimir Oblist as well as the north-eastern part of Moscow Oblast. This area has played an important part in the development of the Russian statehood. It is the essence of  Vladimir-Suzdal, which was one of the major principalities that succeeded Kievan Rus in the late 12th century.

8 Original Cities

The eight cities in the tourist route of the Golden Ring were: Sergiyev Posad, Pereslavl-Zalesskiy, Rostov Velikiy, Yaroslavl, Kostroma, Ivanovo, Suzdal and Vladimir. Going on the M8 highway, you can reach many of them. People also get there from the Yaroslavl Railway Station in Moscow.

Sergiyev Posad & Pereslavl-Zalesskiy

Nizhny Novgorod ©Routard05/flickr

Nizhny Novgorod ©Routard05/flickr

There are two notable residents of Sergiyev Posad, namely Vikentii Trofimov and Pavel Florensky. Vikentii Trofimov is a Russian painter who lived til 1956 and Pavel Florensky was a Russian Orthodox theologian. He is also a philosopher, electrical engineer, mathematician, inventor and a Neomartyr. Pavel Florensky was also a spiritual teacher of Vasily Rozanov. Pereslavl-Zalesskiy is one of the ancient cities of central Russia founded in 1152. Some highlights of this area include the Lake Pleshcheyevo that is near Trubezh River.

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