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If you have explored Moscow already and you have a couple of days more, Golden Ring old cities are the best choice for you. You will deepen your knowledge about the history of Russia, visit the numerous Orthodox shrines. Most of the monuments of Golden Ring Russia are preserved and protected by UNESCO and the Russian state.

Why “Golden Ring”?

In 1967, the well-known journalist Yury Bychkov published a number of essays about his tour in the ancient Russian cities. The heading was “The Golden Ring”. If you look at the cities on the map, it becomes clear why the tourist route was called like this. Their location resembles a kind of a ring to the northeast of Moscow.

Golden Ring is a ring of ancient cities situated a short distance from Moscow. Cities of Golden Ring are famous for their beautiful Churches and Citadels, as well as stunning landscapes with a countryside flavor. Golden Ring Russia preserves the memory of the most significant events in the history of Russia and the Orthodox Church

Officially Golden Ring Russia includes eight cities – Sergiev Posad, Pereslavl-Zalessky, Rostov VelikyYaroslavlKostroma, Ivanovo, Suzdal, and Vladimir. But there are other cities near them that can be also worth visiting.

a castle on top of a building
a large clock tower towering over a city

The Golden Ring is famous for the masterpieces of folk art. All stages of the development of Old Russian architecture are presented here: the majestic white-stone churches of the 12-13th centuries, the tent-shaped buildings of the 16th century, structures of the 17th century, works of art by Rostov, Yaroslavl, Kostroma and Vladimir schools of painting.

Travelers from around the globe come to visit the cities of Golden Ring Russia. ExploRusssia organizes both day excursions and weekend trips to the cities of Golden Ring Russia. You can join one of these tours during your stay in Moscow and see Russia from another perspective. All tours and holidays offered by ExploRussia are customizable.


Cities of Golden Ring

Sergiyev Posad, Pereslavl-Zalessky, Rostov Velikiy, Yaroslavl, Ivanovo, Kostroma, Suzdal, Vladimir.

The oldest city

Rostov Velikiy founded in 862 y.


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