8 Cities of Russian’s Golden Ring

Trinity Lavra ©manchot6150/flickr

Trinity Lavra ©manchot6150/flickr

From Yaroslavl, Kostroma, Ivanovo, Suzdal and Vladimir. Sightseeing the eight cities of the Russian Golden Ring can be such an adventure. Let’s start with Sergiyev Posad, it is located in Moscow Oblast in Russia, the Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius is one of the greatest Russian Monasteries. It is also the spiritual centre of the Russian Orthodox Church or the Moscow Patriarchate. It all begins with the Baptism of Rus’ at Kiev and restored in the 1917 and reinstituted in 1943 during the World War II by Joseph Stalin. This is the largest of the Eastern Orthodox churches in the world with 30,142 parishes altogether. It is different from the Orthodox Church in America and also different from the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia, ROCOR, so do not be confused. This was traditionally said to be founded by the Apostle Andrew. And during the mid 10th century, Princess Olga of Kiev who was the first ruler of Kievan Rus had converted to Christianity. Then Vladimir the Great who is her grandson made Kievan Rus’ a Christian state.

Pereslavl-Zalessky

The Pereslavl-Zalessky is an ancient city in central Russia. Its town was founded by prince Yury Dolgoruky and it lies on the bank of the Pleshcheevo Lake. It is also where the youthful Peter the Great constructed the prototype of the first Russian fleet called the ‘funny fleet’. As it is the southernmost town and belongs to the Golden Ring of the historical cities of Russia, you can also find here the beautiful Cathedral of Transfiguration of the Saviour. It is the oldest surviving monument in Central Russia, so it is really worth a visit. In this area, there is also a National Park and the University of Pereslavl. You can get to the region by local trains (kukushka) or buses that routes from Pereslavl and Moscow.

Rostov Velikiy

Assumption Cathedral ©TourismGuy/flickr

Assumption Cathedral ©TourismGuy/flickr

Rostov is in the Yaroslavl Oblast and it is one of the oldest town in the country. It has a tourist center in the Golden Ring. Rostov is located on the shores of Lake Nero. The five hundred thousand year old Lake Nero is rather shallow and it is a highly eutropic lake with algal blooms and you can find a thick layer of silt sapropel. Being so old, it is one of the few pre-ice age lakes. Besides, you should see the huge Assumption Cathedral as well as the 14th Century Spaso-Yakovlevsky Monastery.

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