The 10 Best Things to Do in Vologda Oblast, Russia

September 16, 2017 Esmeralda Fenner

Vologda Oblast (Russian: Вологодская область, tr. Vologodskaya oblast, IPA: [vəlɐˈɡotskəjə ˈobləsʲtʲ]) is a federal subject of Russia (an oblast). Its administrative center is Vologda. Population: 1,202,444 (2010 Census). The largest city is Cherepovets, the home of the Severstal metallurgical plant, the largest industrial enterprise in the oblast.
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1. Spaso-Prilutsky monastery

Monastyrskaya, 2, Vologda 160901, Russia +7 817 255-92-24
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5 based on 159 reviews

Spaso-Prilutsky monastery

Reviewed By adz10 - Brisbane, Australia

Visited this monastery as part of a cycling tour provided by the tourist information centre in Vologda. The ride is not too difficult to get out there and the monastery is located near a river. You can walk within the fortified walls and enter the main Cathedral. The important relics of one saint are located on the lower level of the Cathedral, but this level is not always open. It's very relaxing and peaceful to visit on a nice day.

2. Vologodskaya Oblast Architecture and Ethnography Museum

Vologda 160555, Russia +7 817 221-01-90
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5 based on 106 reviews

Vologodskaya Oblast Architecture and Ethnography Museum

Vologda Open Air Museum of Architecture and Ethnography (Semenkovo) welcomes you to the world of northern Russian village of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Here you can get the first-hand experience of Russian traditions, attitudes and cultural background.

Reviewed By Nairi371 - Moscow, Russia

были в Семенково в конце января без экскурсии. Мини экскурсии проводят смотрители открытых для посещения домов. В каждом из таких домов растоплена настоящая русская печь! Множество интересных экспонатов и информации к ним. Чувствуется душевная теплота и гостеприимство в этом замечательном месте. Обязательно попробуете блины с различными начинками и травяным чаем в избе-кафе. Огромное спасибо всем работникам музея за их энтузиазм, гостеприимство и профессионализм!

3. Lace Museum

Kremlevskaya Square, 12, Vologda 160000, Russia +7 817 272-16-56
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4.5 based on 331 reviews

Lace Museum

Reviewed By GwynRoberts - Swansea, United Kingdom

This museum is a pleasant way to spend the afternoon. We enjoy learning about the history and cultural aspects of Russia, and this place provides plenty of learning opportunities.

4. Bell Tower of the Vologda Kremlin

Sergeya Orlova St., 15 | Kremlevskaya Sq., 1, Vologda 160035, Russia +7 817 272-22-83
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4.5 based on 143 reviews

Bell Tower of the Vologda Kremlin

Reviewed By vesnaileto - Holmdel, NJ

Don't let the need to climb 300 steps scare you. These are small steps which will lead you to a BIG view.
I was lucky with the weather.
Clouds formations playing with cupola were heavenly.
Bring your camera: you definitely for a treat there.
Afraid of heights? You can still take a pick.
Prepare to spend an hour up their.
In short: must see and is well worth the admission (think of it as historical buildings support).

5. Kirillo-Belozerki State Historical Architectural Art Museum-Reserve

Sobornaya Sq., 1 | Zapovednaya Zona, Kirillov 161100, Russia +7 817 573-17-35
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4.5 based on 192 reviews

Kirillo-Belozerki State Historical Architectural Art Museum-Reserve

The architectural ensemble of the monastery is one of the most important creations of the Russian artistic culture. The whole medieval town stretches out on the shore of the magnificent Siverskoye Lake. On the territory of 12 hectares there are 11 stone churches of the 15th-18th centuries, numerous service structures surrounded with walls and towers of “The Great Fortress of the Tsar”.

Reviewed By john07_11 - Saint Louis, Missouri

On May 12, 2016 we stopped at the Kirilllo-Belozersky Monastery during our Viking Tsar River Cruise and we toured the small local museum and Monastery. It seemed like the monastery was in a great state of disrepair and need a lot of work. The local museum was essentially one room where we were "treated" to a group of men singing a capella and then selling their recordings. There wasn't much to see in the Museum and there wasn't much to see in the Monastery. Afterwards, Viking took us by bus to a local school which was much more interesting and delightful.

6. Vologda Kremlin

Kremlin, Vologda, Russia
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4.5 based on 323 reviews

Vologda Kremlin

Reviewed By Tinde_K - Moscow, Russia

We had an hour or two in Vologda to spend before our trip to the monasteries in the north, so we walked from the train station to the Monastery. It's a nice place, interesting buildings, makes a lovely walk. Many churches and interesting statues around.

7. St Sophia Cathedral

Kremlin, Vologda, Russia +7 817 272-25-11
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4.5 based on 114 reviews

St Sophia Cathedral

Reviewed By oaktree56 - Camden, ME

Gorgeous frescos (can be seen at: http://vologda-portal.ru/en/about_the_city/index.php?SECTION_ID=5475 click on 'tourist sights' and 'St Sophia' to get inside). One of the better preserved churches in Vologda. There is a fee to get in and it isn't normally open after October until spring as there is no heat.
This is a must see when you are in Vologda.

8. Museum of Dionisy’s Frescoes - Ferapontov Monastery

Kargopolskaya St., 8, Ferapontovo 161120, Russia +7 817 574-92-61
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5 based on 104 reviews

Museum of Dionisy’s Frescoes - Ferapontov Monastery

The Museum of Dionisy’s Frescoes is situated in the architectural ensemble of the Ferapontov monastery (St. Ferapont’s monastery) of the 15th-19th centuries in the village Ferapontovo.The Ferapontov monastery was founded in 1398 by the Holy monk Ferapont. During 400 years it was one of the prominent cultural, religious and educational centres of the Belozersk district. The history of the monastery coincided at some focal points with the important historical events of the formation of the Russian centralized state. The monastery became well-known thanks to the activity of St. Martinian, the disciple of St. Kirill Belozersky.

Reviewed By Tinde_K - Moscow, Russia

The monastery is interesting place to visit, mainly because of its church. It's unique because of its beautiful frescoes dating to the end of 15th and beginning of 16th century. They are preserved in their original state, never repainted or restored in an invasive way so you can really appreciate the original sacral art. It's rare to see something like that in Russia as in most churches they touch-up the paintings on the church walls once in a while. It makes for a great feeling of satisfaction to see a gem like that. I highly recommend taking the trip, even if you're not religious. This has transcended to become a testament of Russia's history.

9. Letter 'O' Monument

Sobornaya Gorka Park, Vologda, Russia
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4.5 based on 134 reviews

Letter 'O' Monument

Reviewed By Moskvichka12 - Moscow, Russia

The park has a number of quality metal monuments. A nice photo opp if you stick your head in the middle!

10. The World of The Forgotten Things Museum

Leningradskaya St., 6, Vologda 160000, Russia +7 817 221-14-17
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4.5 based on 109 reviews

The World of The Forgotten Things Museum

Reviewed By edunaway - Elkton, South Dakota

I went but it was free for me as I have a student card.
It's sort of a disappointment for someone who does not read / speak russian. no English information was provided. Also there just wasn't a whole lot to see in the museum. Lonely planet says that this house presents the visual culture and artifacts of a 19th c. family, but there really wasn't too much indication of that.
Upstairs there were some painted portraits from 17 and 18th c.

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