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Rostov

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Specialty Museums · Churches · Sacred & Religious Sites
Rostov is a town in Yaroslavl Oblast, Russia, one of the oldest in the country and a tourist center of the Golden Ring. It is located on the shores of Lake Nero, 202km northeast of Moscow. Population:While the official name of the town is Rostov, it is popularly known to Russians as Rostov Veliky to distinguish it from much larger city of Rostov-on-Don, and the name of the town railway station is Rostov Yaroslavsky, due to its position in Yaroslavl Oblast.HistoryRostov was preceded by Sarskoye Gorodishche, which some scholars interpret as the capital of the Finnic Merya tribe, while others believe it was an important Viking trade enclave and fortress guarding the Volga trade route. First mentioned in the year 862 as an already important settlement, by the 13th century Rostov became the capital city of one of the most prominent Russian principalities. It was incorporated into Muscovy in 1474.Even after it lost its independence, Rostov was still an ecclesiastic center of utmost importance (from 988 it was the see of one of the first Russian bishoprics). In the 14th Century, the bishops of Rostov became archbishops, and late in the 16th century, metropolitans. One of those metropolitans, Iona (Jonah) Sysoyevich (ca. 1607-1690), commissioned the town's main landmark: the kremlin that many regard as the finest outside of Moscow.
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State Museum Preserve Rostov Kremlin ©
Specialty Museum
State Museum Preserve Rostov Kremlin
4.7
Duration: 4 hours
Yakovlevsky Savior Monastery ©
Religious Site
Yakovlevsky Savior Monastery
4.9
Duration: 1h 30 min
Assumption Cathedral
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Assumption Cathedral
4.1
Duration: 1h 30 min
Rostov Finifti Museum ©
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Rostov Finifti Museum
4.3
Duration: 1h 30 min

Side trips from Rostov

National Park Lake Pleshheyevo ©
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National Park Lake Pleshheyevo Pereslavl-Zalessky
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Duration: 8 hours
Museum of Flat Irons
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Museum of Flat Irons Pereslavl-Zalessky
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Duration: 1h 30 min
Siniy Kamen'
Geologic Formation
Siniy Kamen' Pereslavl-Zalessky
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Duration: 1h 30 min
Uglich Kremlin ©
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Uglich Kremlin Uglich
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Duration: 1h 30 min

Hidden gems in Rostov

The Varnitsky Trinity Monastery of St. Sergius
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The Varnitsky Trinity Monastery of St. Sergius
4.6
Duration: 1h 30 min
Museum of the Frog Princess ©
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Museum of the Frog Princess
4.4
Duration: 1h 30 min
Dom Remyosel ©
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Dom Remyosel
4.6
Duration: 1h 30 min
Church of St. John the Evangelist ©
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Church of St. John the Evangelist
4.9
Duration: 1h 30 min

Museums in Rostov

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Palaty ©
Specialty Museum
Palaty
4.8
Duration: 1h 30 min
Museum of Church Antiquities
Specialty Museum
Museum of Church Antiquities
5.0
Duration: 1h 30 min
Museum Rostovskoye Podvorye ©
History Museum
Museum Rostovskoye Podvorye
4.9
Duration: 1h 30 min
Lukova Sloboda ©
Specialty Museum
Lukova Sloboda
3.9
Duration: 1h 30 min

Historic Sites in Rostov

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The Church of St Isidore
Church
The Church of St Isidore
4.8
Duration: 1h 30 min
Gate-Church of St John Divine ©
Church
Gate-Church of St John Divine
4.7
Duration: 1h 30 min
Monastery of St Avraam
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Monastery of St Avraam
4.2
Duration: 1h 30 min
Church of the Resurrection of Christ ©
Church
Church of the Resurrection of Christ
4.9
Duration: 30 minutes

Shopping in Rostov

Monomakh
Gift & Specialty Shop
Monomakh
5.0
Duration: 1h 30 min
Factory Rostov Finift
Gift & Specialty Shop
Factory Rostov Finift
3.2
Duration: 1h 30 min

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