Church of Elijah, Suzdal, Golden Ring, Russia

Golden Ring

Amid plains, lakes and marshes of this vast country are scattered traditional Russian towns such as Suzdal, Kostroma, Yaroslavl and Serigev Posad. Known collectively as the Golden Ring, they form a circle, which extends from Moscow towards the north-east.

It is this region, easily reached from Moscow, which will give a more detailed and historical insight into Greater Russia.

Each of these towns played an important part in the history, both in Russia’s early period, when the principalities were being united under Moscow, and later, when the independence of the country was at stake. While the architectural monuments found in these charming towns are the stone chronicles of the country’s history, it is also a region known for preserving artistic traditions, particularly the painting of the lacquer boxes, for which Russia is so famous.

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Trinity Lavra of St Sergius, Sergiev Posad, Moscow

Trinity Monastery of St Sergius

Visit the Trinity Monastery of St Sergius in Serigev Posad, 70km from Moscow.

Prokrovsky Convent, Suzdal, Russia

Pokrov Convent Hotel

Stay at the Pokrov Convent Hotel in Suzdal, found in the grounds of the beautiful Pokrov Convent.

Orthodox church on the river, Suzdal, The Golden Ring, Russia

Suzdal

If you only have time to visit just one of the towns in the Golden Ring, visit the charming riverside town of Suzdal.

Rostov Orthodox Church, Rostov, Russia

Rostov Veliky

See some fine examples of 17th-century architecture in Rostov Veliky.

Ipatiev Monastery, Kostroma, Russia

Kostroma

Explore Kostroma, considered the cradle of the Romanov Dynasty.

Cathedral of Assumption, Yaroslavl, Golden Ring, Russia

The Golden Ring

Explore ancient Russian towns, where time stands still.

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