Everyone in Russia and abroad probably heard about the Golden Ring of Russian cities. But in reality, only a few can tell exactly which cities belong to the Golden Ring and for what services they got there.
The Golden Ring of Russia is a tourist route that connects the most ancient Russian cities, which are the historical and cultural heritage of our country, the centers of crafts, unique monuments.
The honorable place in the Golden Ring is occupied by eight cities – Sergiev Posad, Vladimir, Suzdal, Ivanovo, Rostov Veliky, Pereslavl-Zalessky, Kostroma and Yaroslavl. The journey takes place in six regions: Moscow, Ivanovo, Kostroma, Vladimir, Yaroslavl and Tver.
It should be noted that discussions on the place of such cities as Moscow, Aleksandrov, Gorokhovets, Bogolyubovo, Ples, Gus-Khrustalny, Murom, Kalyazin, Kideksha, Palekh, Rybinsk, Tutaev, Uglich, Yuryev-Polsky in the Golden Ring of Russia do not stop. Their historical and cultural heritage is undeniable. Therefore, many travel companies include them in the main part of the tour.
The tourist route – the Golden Ring of Russia was created more than 30 years ago. The term itself originated in 1967 by the author – Yuri Bychkov.
Traveling in Russia is unthinkable without a trip along this route. The Assumption Cathedral, the frescoes of which were created by Andrei Rublev himself, the Church of the Intercession on the Nerl in Vladimir, the extraordinary beauty of the kremlin of Suzdal and Rostov, the monastic ensembles of Yaroslavl and Kostroma are only a small fraction of all the masterpieces of architecture of Ancient Russia.
Russian Vatican – Sergiev Posad attracts tourists with its religious history. The main attraction of all of Russia is the Trinity-Sergius Lavra. It was the emergence of the Trinity Monastery that gave an impetus to the formation of the city of Sergiev-Posad, which attracted and continues to attract pious Christians from all over Russia.
Pereslavl-Zalessky – another city of the Golden Ring, also remains a reserved place, even in spite of the fact that now it is a large industrial city. It attracts with its calmness, comfort, measured and unhurried life. Four existing monasteries (Goritsky Uspensky, Danilov Troitsky, Fedorovsky, Nikitsky), created in the XIV-XVII centuries, will help to escape from the bustle of the city and enjoy the beauty of these places.
Monuments of the city of Ivanovo are known somewhat less, compared to other cities of the Golden Ring. But there are a lot of architectural ensembles of various eras. Ivanovo was and remains the textile center of Russia. That’s why it is often called the “city of brides” or “Russian Manchester”.
The cities of the Golden Ring of Russia are a completely different world, devoid of metropolitan bustle, characterized by quiet measured life and silence. Traveling in Russia will be deprived of special warmth, if you do not visit the Golden Ring.