28 best sights in Yaroslavl – descriptions and photos

28 sights worth seeing in Yaroslavl

The famous writer was born on November 7, 1913 in Algeria, his family was poor, so they lived hard. Camus’s father died after being wounded at the front during the First World War, at that time Albert was not yet a year.

The pear is a fruiting tree that is actively used for decoration. About five centuries ago, the fruit of this tree was called the “krusha.” Historians believe that the pear got this name because the bite created a crunch.

Turtles belong to the family of reptiles. They have existed on earth for over 220 million years. Biologists today know 230 species of turtles.

Historical places

Pereslavl museum-reserve

Museum-reserve was created in 1918, its collection numbers more than 95 thousand exhibits from wooden sculptures to old Russian icons. The museum complex consists of the estate “Botik of Peter the Great” and “Ganshin estate.

Karabikha museum-reserve of N. A. Nekrasov

Museum-reserve of N. Nekrasov is a literary memorial, founded in 1946. In this place Nikolai Nekrasov created the famous poems “Frost Red Nose” and “Russian Women”, as well as “Who’s life in Russia is good”.

Museum-reserve has more than 20 thousand exhibits: personal belongings of the inhabitants, household items, photographs, portraits, rare paper publications, letters and much more.

Every year on the first Saturday in July in it takes place the All-Russian Nekrasovsky holiday of poetry.

Rybinsk museum-reserve

Rybinsk museum-reserve is the main city sight, created on the bank of the Volga river in 1912 according to the project of Moscow architect Ivanov. It has the status of a historical and artistic and architectural museum-reserve.

Fund its collection consists of art works of famous masters of 18-20 centuries: I. K. Aivazovsky, I. J. Vishnyakov and Z. E. Serebryakova.

Various interactive programs are conducted here. For example, a gallery tour, where visitors become acquainted with the works of 18-20 centuries, look at portraits from the noble estates, and also learn about the paintings of the Classicalism, Romanticism and the Silver Age.

Museum Cosmos

The Cosmos Museum first opened its doors in 1975. Its exposition tells the story of a peasant girl who became the world’s first woman cosmonaut.

Visitors of the museum can learn about Valentina Tereshkova’s life, see the environment in which she lived, as well as sit in a space chair and touch the Vostok spaceship of 1962.

Museum-Estate Botik of Peter the Great

Museum-estate was created in the summer of 1803. It includes: Botnoy House, a monument to Peter I, the White Palace, the Triumphal Gate, gatehouse, and the building of the Rotunda. The museum’s collection displays items from the 17th century, but the main treasure of the estate is the “potech” flotilla, built by Peter the Great.

The sunken city of Mologa

Coordinates: 58°11′59″ N. 38°26′28″ d.e. Address: Rybinsk

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The town of Molologa is a symbol of the sacrifice that was made during the creation of the Rybinsk Reservoir and hydroelectric power station.

The first mention of Molologa dates back to 1149. Locals call it Russian Atlantis. Several hundred houses, two cathedrals and three monastic complexes were under water.

Every Sunday in August, locals meet at the monument in the form of an arrow pointing under the water to once again apologize and remember the history of the city.

Attractions near Yaroslavl

Holy Vvedensky Tolga Female Monastery

The monastery, located 6 km from Yaroslavl on the left bank of the Volga near the mouth of the river Tolga, was founded in 1314 during the Mongol-Tatar invasion and the princely feuds, in the place of the appearance of the wonderworking icon of the Mother of God.

Over the years of existence of the monastery the icon performed many miracles: it survived a fire, had myrrh and stopped terrible diseases. Largely thanks to her the monastery is called the pearl of Yaroslavl.

Tolga is especially proud of its cedar grove that was planted in the XVI century to commemorate the miraculous finding of the icon of Our Lady after the fire. Czars, princes and other distinguished guests strolled along the quiet shady alleys. And today you can also take a walk.

If you want to get to Tolga, you can take a regular bus or a small riverboat and walk along the Volga.

N. Nekrasov Museum Reserve “Karabikha

State Literary Memorial Museum-Reserve of N.A. Nekrasov “Karabikha” is located in the village of the same name in Yaroslavl district of Yaroslavl region, 15 kilometers south of Yaroslavl, near the urban settlement of Krasniye Tkachi. You can get here by car or by bus.

Karabikha is the only remained in the Yaroslavl region manor of the palace type of the 2nd half of the XVIII – early XX centuries. On the territory of the estate you will see a large lord’s house with two wings and a front courtyard – parterre. You will see two parks – Upper French Regular and Lower English Landscape park with ponds and Gremikha cascade, numerous outbuildings and an orchard.

Vyatka

The most beautiful village of Russia is located in Nekrasovsky district, 37 km from Yaroslavl. You can get there by car or by shuttle bus.

Vyatskoye is an old Russian village with a bright destiny and history full of uncommon events, in which a lot of bright personalities have found their place. And a half dozen private museums, which presents clocks, musical instruments, unique icons, Christmas decorations, and much more.

The village has a restaurant and hotel and hosts interactive programs, creative meetings and concerts.

The cost of a single ticket to 10 museums is 1050 rubles.

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Natural attractions

Lake Plecheevo

Coordinates: 56 ° 45′59″ N. Address: Pereslavsky district

Lake Plecheevo is one of the largest reservoirs of Central Russia, formed from the glacier about 30,000 years ago. The lake has an almost perfect shape of an oval. It gets its name from the word “klesk” – the property of splashing out any object thrown into the water.

According to the local legend, from the Lake Pleshcheevo on land the legendary twelve-ton boulder Sin-Kamen “crawled out”. It is said that inside the boulder lives a spirit that can make any wish come true. The bluestones were worshipped by the ancient pagans. The boulder is similar to the crawling stones of other continents and is able to move. Now the miraculous stone lies at the foot of Yarilina Mountain.

Lake Nero

Coordinates: 57°10′00″ N. Address: Rostov districtHow to get there: Drive to Spaso-Yakovlev Monastery, then from there to the mouth of the Sary River.

Lake Nero is one of the natural monuments of the region. The lake is over 500 years old and is famous for its healing mud. There are several versions of the origin of the name:

  • The first refers to the legend of a man who wandered for a long time and unexpectedly came across the city. He was unsure and wanted to say that it was not Rostov, as the warmth of the traveler was pierced by an arrow. And his lips only managed to utter: “This is not Rostov…”
  • The second suggests that the name came from the muddy lake bottom.
  • The third also refers to the legend of the tsar’s decree, where there was an inscription “the lake is not Rostov”. The end of the sentence was erased, and “lake not Rostov” appeared.

The lake is one of the pre-glacial lakes. Stands of ancient people were found around it.

A local legend says that treasures were drowned in Lake Nero by local inhabitants during the Mongol-Tatar yoke

And now the reservoir attracts the attention of treasure hunters, who continue to look for the lost treasure.

Rybinsk Reservoir

Coordinates: 58°22′30″ N. 38 ° 25′ 04″ E. Address: Rybinsk

The Rybinsk Reservoir, or Rybinsk Sea, is an artificially created reservoir. For this purpose it was decided to flood the villages, the town of Mologa, and cut down some of the forested areas. The reservoir was filled with water in 1941.

Now the Rybinsk Sea serves as a transportation hub and a favorite place for fishing for tourists.

Interesting facts about Yaroslavl

Beautiful and interesting Yaroslavl is really an ancient city, built long before Moscow and even more so St. Petersburg. It has experienced different times, prosperous and not so prosperous, endured bloody wars and invasions of nomads, internecine squabbles and fierce battles. But unlike many other cities in the past centuries, Yaroslavl has not lost its former beauty, but only increased it, carefully preserving many objects of antiquity to the present day.

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30 best sights of Yaroslavl

Founded by Grand Prince Yaroslav the Wise, the city on the Volga is shrouded in ancient legends and tales related to the history of its origins. The depiction of a bear on the city’s coat of arms is evidence that there is a connection with this symbolic beast in its origins.

According to legend, this is the place where Yaroslav the Wise killed the bear, which caused a lot of trouble to local residents. The town was first mentioned in chronicles in 1071, and the ancient settlements of the pre-Christian era, found during the excavations, date back to the V-III centuries BC.

By the number of priceless historical and archeological sites, located in its vicinity, this city can be called the “Northern Palmira”, the main object of the “Golden Ring” of Russia. Let’s tell about the main sights of Yaroslavl and what to see on your own.

Museum-reserve of the Spaso-Preobrazhensky Monastery

Museum-reserve of Transfiguration Monastery, Yaroslavl.

The true pearl of the Volga city is the Museum-Preserve of the Spaso-Preobrazhensky Monastery, a majestic religious-architectural complex, partially erected in the 12th century. It is located in the center of the city, being an undoubted decoration and its most significant place.

Several objects of the complex were built later (from the 13th to the 17th century). All buildings on the territory of the former monastery from 2005 are taken under UNESCO protection as a priceless treasure of Russian history and culture.

The Savior Monastery (13th century), the temples of Elijah the Prophet, Epiphany, Spaso-Preobrazhenskiy Cathedral, the churches of Nikola Nadein, Nativity of Christ, John Chrysostom are unsurpassed examples of Byzantine style architecture, captivating with their restrained beauty.

Within the walls of the monastery since the 13th century, an active educational work was carried out, a solid library was organized and books were copied. In the 16th century, the yard of the monastery was decorated with a magnificent building of the belfry, the refectory chamber and the Church of the Nativity.

A unique monument to the people’s militia of 1612 – an elegant, seemingly airy small structure of the Chapel of the Kazan icon of the Mother of God – is near the monastery.

Near the Holy Gate (1516) – the central entrance to the monastery rises a 4-cornered tower of the Church of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. From the observation deck of belfry opens a stunning view of the ancient city – a truly unforgettable sight.

The classical beauty of the Church of Yaroslavl wonderworkers contrasts in style with other temples because it was built in the first half of the 19th century.

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The Transfiguration cathedral

Transfiguration cathedral, Yaroslavl

The main temple – Transfiguration Cathedral (1216-1224) was built in the early 13th century, and then rebuilt after the devastating fire of the 16th century by analogy with the cathedrals of the Moscow Kremlin.

The snow-white towers-heads with gilded domes and openwork crosses shine against the blue sky as a symbol of the sanctity of the Christian faith. The arched vaults of the eastern facade, devoid of any ornamentation, reinforce the impression of holiness.

In any season and in any weather the snow-white cathedral of the Transfiguration, an example of an ancient Russian temple, looks bright and festive. Inside, the cathedral is painted with marvelous frescoes depicting all the saints; the huge iconostasis impresses by the number of picturesque icons adorned with the richest skilful carving.

There’s no golden glitter, pretentiousness or pompousness, but everything has the highest level of artistry of Moscow and local artists, who created true masterpieces.

Church of Elijah the Prophet

Church of Elijah the Prophet, Yaroslavl

Even the most experienced traveler who has seen many architectural monuments will stand in awe of the beauty of the Church of Elijah the Prophet in the center of Moscow. It is impossible to describe in words the inexpressible charm of this architectural masterpiece, which is an invaluable asset not only for the ancient city, but also for the whole Russia.

Like a fairy-tale tower that appeared by magic, it towers over the square with white towers and green domes, attracting hundreds of tourists. Built in the 17th century on the initiative of the noble Skripin brothers merchants, the church is a symbol of people’s love and worship of the Christian faith and its saints.

The best architects, masters from different Russian cities with a fine artistic taste worked on the construction and decoration of a white stone pearl, which has preserved its original appearance to this day.

After the consecration of the church, Moscow Patriarch Joseph, delighted by the beauty of the new church, presented to the Skripin brothers a piece of the “Robe of Christ” (it was presented to Philaret in 1625 by the ambassador of the Shah of Persia). In honor of this gift a hipped-roof side-chapel of the Deposition of the Robe was attached to the church, which successfully complemented the captivating look of the church.

The inner rooms of the temple are a real museum of icon painting and wall frescos, striking in their variety and high skill of execution. Many icons from the brothers’ collection in silver settings, studded with precious stones and pearls, are the best examples of this genre.

Luxurious church utensils, velvet vestments of priests, splendid chandeliers and panikhonilos are real treasures.

Volga embankment

Volga embankment, Yaroslavl

An indispensable attribute of all coastal cities – the embankment, called the Volga, is in Yaroslavl. Its history began in the 18th century, when all the monasteries were instructed to collect stone to strengthen the coastline of the city. For 70 years it was possible to make only a small section, and only in the 30s of the 19th century were carried out large-scale work on the arrangement of the embankment along the city.

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Now it is a pleasure to the eye with its landscape and architectural beauty of the promenade, which the city can be deservedly proud of. The luxurious linden alley is lined with patterned tiles, an exquisite cast-iron grating separates the green bank from the pedestrians.

High elegant rotunda with 6 columns, from which you can admire the irresistible view of the mother Volga, adorns the fence. The embankment square is topped with a magnificent fountain, bright lawns and green lawns. Tourists and city residents love to visit here.

Governor’s garden

Governor garden, Yaroslavl

This shady and charming corner of the past is an open-air museum. The Governor’s Garden (1821-1825) was founded as a place for the reception of royalty in addition to the Governor’s House, which is now the Art Museum.

Once inside the white cast-iron fence of the garden, you get from modernity to the 19th century, the color of which is felt in the Governor’s House, the many white sculptural statues, the silence of the alleys.

Through the openwork of branches you can see the Church of Elijah the Prophet, complementing the nostalgic notes of being in an infinitely cute island of beauty and peace. Lush variety of flowerbeds on the background of green lawns, sparkling jets of fountain framed with flowerbeds, art exhibitions of Governor’s House – everything delights here and leaves deep impressions.

Connoisseurs of painting will be delighted with masterpieces of Konstantin Korovin, painted in Paris. Fans of avgardism will see works of modern artists.

Dolphinarium

Dolphinarium, Yaroslavl

Confirmation that the Dolphinarium is possible not only in the southern cities, but also in northern cities, is a dolphinarium, opened in 2009.

In fact, this is a huge entertainment complex, consisting of a swimming pool, recreation center, hotel, playgrounds, cafes and bars. Black Sea dolphins and belugas feel themselves perfectly well in the arranged to the highest standard pool, not to mention the seals.

Animals eagerly perform a variety of tricks, and come into contact with people. The dolphinarium staff prepares interesting theatrical performances, where their pets show wonderful abilities, delighting the audience. The entertaining program includes swimming together with sea animals and dolphin riding.

In the exotic insectarium there is a kaleidoscope of live tropical butterflies, amazing with their sizes and colors. The rehabilitation center with dolphin therapy becomes very popular here, which has a beneficial effect on the recovery of adults and children.

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