Yaroslavl: Jewel of the Volga

The entire historical center is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The entire historical center is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Ajay Kamalakaran
The ancient city of Yaroslavl is famous for its ornate churches and tree-lined riverfront. Join RIR on a small tour of the capital of Russia’s golden ring.
The historic city of Yaroslavl was founded in 1006 and is the oldest continuously inhabited city by the Volga River.
The city is famous for its colorful 17th century churches.
The main square in the center lies in between the Volga riverfront and the most famous churches.
The Church of Elijah the Prophet was built in the 1640s and is the most famous church in the city.
Many of the churches in the city have green domes. The well-preserved architecture is a main draw for film crews.
A few of the newer churches in the city are replicas of prayer houses that were destroyed by the Communists.
One of the favorite pastimes of Yaroslavl residents is cruising or sailing on the Volga.
The summer and early autumn are ideal months for a picnic cruise on the river.
There are stunning views of the city’s churches from the river.
The city was well-planned and is ideal for walkers.
Like all ancient Russian cities, Yaroslavl has a Kremlin (fortress).
The city also has neighborhoods with late 19th century buildings.
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