The town Pereslavl-Zalessky, a part of the Golden ring of Russia, is located near Moscow, on the bank of the legendary Lake Pleshcheyevo. In the 17th century Peter the Great built his famous “Fun flotilla” on this Lake which is considered to be the forefather of the powerful Russian fleet.

The History of Pereslavl-Zalessky

This town is one of the oldest in Russia. It was founded by Prince Yuri Dolgoruky in 1152.

In the town the great Russian commander Prince Alexander Nevsky was also born and reigned.

Sights of Pereslavl-Zalessky

At all times Pereslavl-Zalessky has been an important defence town. Here you can see well-preserved ramparts of the XII century, its length is about 2,5 kilometers.

The White Stone Spaso-Preobrazhensky Cathedral (1152–1157)

The Cathedral almost fully preserved its original view. It was erected on the territory of a wooden Pereslavl Kremlin (not survived). The Spaso-Preobrazhensky Cathedral was built simultaneously with the foundation of the town in 1152. The Cathedral is considered to be the oldest surviving churches in the North-East of Russia.


Spaso-Preobrazhensky Cathedral (fragment): Cathedral dome, drum and elapids

Pereslavl-Zalessky is known for its monasteries, including:

  • Nikitsky Monastery (it is one of the oldest monasteries – XI century);
  • Feodorovsky Monastery (XIV century);
  • Goritsky Monastery (out of service – XIV century);
  • Danilovsky Monastery (XVI century);
  • St. Nicholas’ Monastery (XIV century).


View of the roofs and churches of Pereslavl-Zalessky


In this Russian town there is also One of the interesting museums – the Museum of Flat Irons

Antique wood spinning wheel Pereslavl-Zalessky

Antique wood spinning wheel

The Botik (Small Boat) Museum/ Museum-Estate “The Little Boat of Peter the Great”

Not far from Pereslavl-Zalessky, there is the Museum-Estate “The Little Boat of Peter the Great” in the village of Veskovo.

Here you can see boat and galley facilities.

For “Fun flotilla” of Peter the Great. The museum chronicles the history of the first Russian fleet. Here there is also exhibited One of Peter’s surviving boats – the “Fortuna”- in the museum.

Museum of Narrow-Gauge Railways

In the vicinity of Pereslavl-Zalessky there is a small open air Museum of narrow-gauge Railways. In the Museum you can see various locomotives, railroad cars etc. Among them there are quite rare, they unwittingly bring tourists into the past. Many of the exhibits are in running order. The Visitors can go on a joy handcar ride or can ride in the soviet car ZiM.

Welcome to Pereslavl-Zalessky!


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