Yaroslavl is one of the oldest Russian towns. It is one of the Golden Ring towns too. The historic part of the city, a World Heritage Site, is located at the confluence of the Volga and the Kotorosl Rivers – in the so-called Yaroslavl Strelka.

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Yaroslavl. Views of the river Volga

The History of Yaroslavl

Yaroslavlwas the first outpost of the Principality of Rostov Veliky on the bank of the river Volga. The city was founded by a prince of Kievan Rus Yaroslav the Wise. But according some archeological digs there was the oldest settlement on that territory and it belongs to VII-VI centuries BC and in the VIII-VI centuries BC there was another fortified settlement there – the Medveditckoe settlement.

Yaroslavl was a capital of an independent Principality of Yaroslavl from 1218, but it was incorporated into the Grand Duchy of Moscow in 1463. Despite the fragmentation of Russia of the time, the troops from the Yaroslavl Principality took part in the famous Kulikovo battle against the Golden Horde in 1380.

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A Bear is a symbol of Yaroslavl

People of Yaroslavl

Yaroslavl was Russia’s second largest city, it was a real merchant center of Russia. The remarkable Russian writer Nikolai Gogol noted that activity, efficiency, wit are typical of people of Yaroslavl. Some of these traits you can find in citizens of the city at present as well.

Places of Interest in Yaroslavl

The fires in 1658-1659 with strong winds damaged the wooden part of the cityvery much. The churches, monasteries, shopping malls, factories, mills, and a huge number of various buildings were sent up in flames. There were a lot of victims among the city population.

However, the stone construction in the city began exactlyafter these great fires. At that time Yaroslavl was the second most populous city after Moscow.

In this period many churches were founded, some of these churches were being built for several centuries.

In 1763 the city was being built in neo-classical style during the reign of the Russian Empress Catherine the Great. In the buildings of that time you can see the elements of European and Russian architecture.

In general, in 1830 the construction of the city was completed. The historical center of Yaroslavl was formed. Then – during the industrial revolution in Russia – factories were being built on the outskirts of the city. That is why the historical part of the city was preserved almost intact.

Welcome to Yaroslavl!

See also:

3 Remarkable Places of Yaroslavl that You Must See

Hotels In Yaroslavl


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