10 Things to Do in Yaroslavl Oblast That You Shouldn't Miss

July 18, 2017 Alice Mieles

Yaroslavl Oblast (Russian: Яросла́вская о́бласть, Yaroslavskaya oblast) is a federal subject of Russia (an oblast), which is located in the Central Federal District, surrounded by Tver, Moscow, Ivanovo, Vladimir, Kostroma, and Vologda Oblasts. This geographic location affords the oblast the advantages of proximity to Moscow and St. Petersburg. Additionally, the administrative center of the oblast—the city of Yaroslavl—is an intersection of major highways, railroads, and waterways. Population: 1,272,468 (2010 Census).
Restaurants in Yaroslavl Oblast

1. Yaroslavl Embankment

Volzhskaya Naberezhnaya, Yaroslavl, Russia
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Yaroslavl Embankment

Reviewed By retireeVancouver - Vancouver

,I strolled just a short section of this embankment Promenade, probably the prettiest part. This section overlooked the Yaroslavl Millennium Park with its Fountains and Yaroslavl Millennium Monument and was in the vicinity of the Assumption Church. Along this stretch a white columnar folly looking like a small Greek Temple was an obvious sight. Couples liked to attach locks on the black wrought iron fence that surrounded it as a show of their love for each other. Many of the locks have inscriptions making this an interesting stop. At this point on the walkway, a good view of the many green domes of the St. John Church can be seen and makes for a good photo with the Yaroslavl Millennium Monument in the foreground. Some vendors have kiosks with souvenirs for sale along here. The area is attractive with several floral beds filled with colorful seasonal annuals; one even had a design of Yaroslavl's symbol, the brown bear in it. The walkway at this point was treed, shady, with nice views either to the park and the Assumption Church, over to the spit and the Church of St. John, or along the Volga River with its industrial section evident in the distance. The evenly paved walkway was wide so dodging others on it was not an issue. I enjoyed my short time on the Yaroslavl Promenade and the sights seen from several vantage points.

2. Vvedenskiy Tolga Convent

Tolga Settlement, 1, Yaroslavl 150027, Russia +7 485 238-00-55
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5 based on 416 reviews

Vvedenskiy Tolga Convent

Reviewed By Dona_Natasha - Suwon, South Korea

The most beautiful monastry in this region. White swans and black swans are playing in the pond. Very famous Tolgaski icon you can see. Calm and pure atmosphere. You can say you've been in Russian monastry if you've been here any once. You can feel satisfaction mentally in your mind when you step out from this holy place.

3. Victory Memorial

Mira Square, Myshkin, Russia
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5 based on 128 reviews

Victory Memorial

Reviewed By Brun066 - Florence, Italy

In a relatively new Mishkin's neighborhood, a short walk from a scenic viewpoint over Volga river (which here makes a large bend, then allows a sweeping glance) this monument stands, which consists of a simple square paved and bordered by stone slabs commemorating the Russian fallen in WWII.
The monument is thus simple and austere, and this increases the emotion: which maxes out when you read (on stone slabs as well) some letters written from the front to the families, by soldiers who never returned home .
We had a brief English summary of letters from our group guide, but the full text of these letters must have been very moving, because several mates of our group (all Russians except of us) could not hold back the tears.

4. State Museum Preserve Rostov Kremlin

Petrovicheva st., 1 | Rostov Kremlin, Rostov 152151, Russia +7 485 366-15-02
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5 based on 825 reviews

State Museum Preserve Rostov Kremlin

Reviewed By alexey2612 - Moscow, Russia

Just the visit to the Rostov Kremlin will make worth the trip to Rostov. It has been recently thoroughly restored. I had a chance to visit several churches inside with beautiful frescoes, walk on the walls on the Kremlin and watch the video about the tornado that hit the Kremlin in 1953.

5. Monument to Afonya And Plasterer Kolya

Revolyutsionnyy Drive, 21, Yaroslavl 150000, Russia +7 485 291-47-07
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5 based on 110 reviews

Monument to Afonya And Plasterer Kolya

Reviewed By Nick V

If you are a fan of old Russian movies, or simply watched the old Soviet film "Afonya", then this small monument might be of interest to you. Located in the alleys behind the Alyosha Popovich Dvor hotel (near the Spaso-Preobrazhensky Monastery) right by the Afonya cafe, it's a dedication to the two beloved characters from the Russian film with the same name. As the story has it – the film tells us about plumber Afanasiy Boschyov, and even though it's never stated in the movie, it is known, that many places in Yaroslavl were filmed for "Afonya" in 1974.

6. St. John the Baptist Church

2nd Zakotoroslnaya Emb., 69, Yaroslavl 150001, Russia
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St. John the Baptist Church

Reviewed By retireeVancouver - Vancouver

There is a fine view of the many domes of this church from Yaroslavl's embankment walkway that overlooks Strelka/Yaroslavl's Millennium Park. The domes probably are the thing that most people want to see of this church and this view from the park was the closest I got to that church since I was on a guided excursion with limited time in Yaroslavl. In my picture, the domes are visible as a background to the slender Yaroslavl Millennium Monument - an attractive photo composition. The church's 5 major green domes topped with gold crosses were visible with another larger dome and some smaller domes too which were partially hidden by trees. The short reddish brown pedestals or drums for these domes were a nice contrast to these green domes. I thought their surfaces had attractive textured details as did a small tented roof placed on one side, lower than the domes. City tours usually stop for a view of the Millennium Monument in the park and that might be your only opportunity, like mine, for a photo of that church. Wouldn't it be wonderful if the city cut down more of those trees in the empty river lot in the foreground so that a much better view of these domes could be had?

7. Nikolsky Women's Monastery

ul. Gagarina, d. 43, Pereslavl-Zalessky 152020, Russia +7 485 353-06-45
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Nikolsky Women's Monastery

Reviewed By Alexey K - Moscow, Russia

The monastery is beautiful and old, but the main attraction are its relics. The must-see is the cross that contains remains of several saints, including John the Baptist and Saint George.

8. Yakovlevsky Savior Monastery

Engelsa St., 44, Rostov 152155, Russia +7 485 367-43-69
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Yakovlevsky Savior Monastery

Reviewed By GoranWembley

Rostov Veliky pre-dates Moscow a few hundreds of years, maybe 300. It's a small town on Lake Nero with Kremlin and Monastery of Saviour and St Jakob worth visiting. The walk to the monastery along the lake shore is nice and the monastery grounds are beautiful.
Rostov Veliky was my last stop on the Golden Ring tour; might have time to do one more town, but that would be a day trip from Moscow. I visited Rostov on my way from Yaroslavl to Moscow: bus from Yaroslavl, baggage left with dezhurnaya in kamera hranenya; sightseeing then train to Moscow. It took me three hours to complete my visit to Rostov Veliky; could have spent five easily if I had time to relax on the lake or if I took a boat tour.

9. The Church of Ilya the Prophet

Sovetskaya Sq., 7, Yaroslavl 150000, Russia +7 485 230-38-69
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The Church of Ilya the Prophet

Reviewed By retireeVancouver - Vancouver

The Church of Elijah is located in Yaroslav's Soveskaya square in the old town. This 17th century church is easily recognized by its interesting exterior - 5 green domes trimmed with a gold band and topped with gold crosses, a gracefully tapered bell tower, and a tent tower with a textured roof. The elegant drums of the domes are finished with arched knobby columns and slits for windows that are a textural contrast to the smooth white plastered exterior walls. These towers and domes are best appreciated and photographed from the center of the square. From that viewpoint, the intricate black grill and multicolored tile work that surrounds the entrance can also be seen.
The magnificently frescoed interiors, however, are the reason for visiting this church museum. There is an admission (100 rubles), no camera fee, and photos can be taken inside. The frescoes on the walls and ceiling in the front hall are a prelude to those inside the church. The 5 tiered gilt iconostasis immediately grabs visitor's attention upon entering the church. Each icon is separated by an intricate wood carved divider, columnar in shape and trimmed in gold and silver. This trim, featuring oak leaves and clusters of grapes, is heaviest around the central arched door and the 3 extra large icons placed immediately overhead. A similar pattern of gilt and silver carvings acts as a rail between the rows of icons. The icons are really too high up to examine the faces of the saints/prophets closely, but they do represent icon painting style of the 17th century, popular when this church was built - gilt backgrounds with solemn single figures dressed in reds, blues, gold, and black who often hold a scroll. The colors of these cleaned icons were bright. These figures faced either to the right or to left of the central door in the iconostasis.
The second impression is the overwhelming amount of frescoes painted continuously on the walls and ceiling. Even the window wells have images around them. These images tell the life story of Elijah, but interestingly enough, the artist has inserted scenes of everyday Russian peasant life into some of the frescoes. For example, one side wall shows peasants harvesting wheat, a pair of oxen are ploughing a field, a child is getting bathed in a pool in the square, the male figures are dressed as Russian courtiers complete with fur lined pointy hats. Eastern Orthodox churches or Castles with towers faintly appear in the background amid evergreen trees and flying birds from the region. I did recognize some of the biblical stories that also cover the walls in mural style where the images merge together rather than appear in separate frames. It's too time consuming to try to identify each story, but some that were dominant were the burning bush, the Virgin on a donkey perhaps on her way to Egypt, a dinner around a table maybe the Last Supper, Christ in his burial shroud, and the risen Christ revealing himself to his apostles. These murals were painted in 4 rows from floor to ceiling. Brass chandeliers, hung from the ceiling, blended into the umber, blues and reds used in the frescoes. Also, there were 4 columns that had 3 tiers, each showing 1 large single religious figure. All 4 sides of the columns were decorated in that manner.
While there are no seats in Eastern Orthodox churches, there was an intricately carved canopied seat for the Tsar right in front of the iconostasis, should he ever visit this church. We spent about 30 minutes in this church and, then, proceeded to the fresh fruit and vegetable market and an out-door dry goods marketplace nearby.
For me, this memorable church was a highlight of my Scenic river cruise to Yaroslavl. I think that the Church on Spilled Blood in St. Petersburg was the only other church so magnificently decorated with frescoes. No group sang for us as the church had to be specially opened for our group due to an armed forces graduation ceremony occurring in the square out front.

10. Church of Prince Demitry the Martyr

Uglich, Uglich 152615, Russia +7 485 325-36-78
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Church of Prince Demitry the Martyr

Reviewed By Sandra and Alan S - Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Built to remember Dimitry, the murdered youngest son of Ivan the Terrible, this church remains in good condition within the Kremlin in Uglich.
If arriving in Uglich by river cruise, then you are likely to have a guided tour that includes here, and is worth visiting.

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