Golden RingGo back in time and explore Russian province.
The Golden Ring is a group of medieval towns that form a ring-route to the northeast of Moscow. These towns played a significant role in early Russian history and in the formation of the Russian Orthodox Church. The towns are full of ancient Russian architecture from the Middle Ages including kremlins (walled fortresses), monasteries, cathedrals and churches. Visiting the Golden Ring will give you a chance to go back in time and imagine a Russia that used to be.
Having been founded in the 11–12th centuries, the towns of Vladimir, Suzdal, Rostov played a significant role in Russia’s early history. Vladimir, founded as a fortress by Prince Vladimir Monomakh, later became the capital of Grand Principality. The Prince’s son Yury Dolgoruky known as the founder of Moscow set up a number of new towns in the area, among them are Pereslavl-Zalessky, Kostroma, Yuriev-Polsky. Simultaneously, as was a common practice of those days, Orthodox churches and monasteries sprang to serve both as spiritual centers and fortresses for the local people.
Each town along the way has an individual charm, giving the visitors the feeling of Russian provincial life: more slow, calm and peaceful than overcrowded and busy Moscow. In Golden Ring towns the way life is more traditional and less westernized. It’s a good chance to take a break from the noise of the capital and experience the hospitality of local people.