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The Yaroslavl Region Intends to Increase the Tourist Flow by 2.5 Times
30.09.2017 00:38
The Yaroslavl Region Intends to Increase the Tourist Flow by 2.5 Times

The Yaroslavl region intends to increase the tourist flow by 2.5 times in 2025 - up to 8 million tourists a year, governor of the region Dmitry Mironov said during a meeting of the regional government.

       Cluster activities will become the drivers of the tourist industry in the region.

      "Yaroslavskoye Vzmorye Resort" accumulates the most promising projects on its territory, the village of Tygydym intends to fill the historical and cultural niche and the Vetreno water sports center should become a center for "smart tourism" for the benefit of nature without increasing the load on the coast of the Rybinsk Reservoir. Also, the coastal zone of the Yaroslavl Millennium Park requires improvement and development.

      The program of social and economic development of the Yaroslavl region "10 points of growth" was formed in 2016-2017 on the initiative of D. Mironov.

        This is possibly the most charming of all Russian provinces and one of the major points of interest of the famous Golden Ring. There aren't so many places in Russia where the magnificence of landscapes along the Volga River and rich historical and cultural heritage are embodied in a great number of unique monuments of art. Yaroslavl Region is proud of its splendid nature, with fairytale forests and meadows, small picturesque rivers overgrown with yellow and white lilies. The region is a fountain of information for those intersted in Russian history, architecture or culture. The abundance of museums, Old Russian churches, monasteries and buildings, as well as benevolent atmosphere of the region no doubt will touch the very bottom of your heart. The fascination of the Yaroslavl region is also in the fact that being near the capital of Russia it has retained up to now its unique colouring of a genuine Russian province. Coziness and paradise-like atmosphere of a small town, cordiality and hospitality of the locals, a slow pace of the Russian province’s life - all this gives an opportunity for our guests to understand the famous Russian sole. In 2005 Yaroslavl was included into UNESCO world heritage list.

      The current borders of the Yaroslavl Region were created in 1936 and now the region includes a number of towns famous for their history and architectural ensembles (Rostov, Rybinsk, Uglich, Pereyaslavl-Zalessky, etc).


      Yaroslavl was founded as a fortress-town at the beginning of the 11th century by the Prince of Kiev Yaroslavl the Wise. According to the legend he subdued the pagans by killing the sacred bear. The legend of this fight was reflected in the coat-of-arms of the city. Yaroslavl was the centre of an independent principality by the time the Tatars came. The town developed in the 16th and 17th centuries as the Volga’s first port, and later grew into Russia’s second-biggest city of the time.

      The city prospered due to its trade with the Middle East and Europe as Yaroslavl was located on the crossing of important commercial ways used by vessels loaded with goods from India and Persia sailing up the river west to the Europe. Merchants competed to build churches as big and magnificent as those of Moscow with bright decoration and frescoes on contemporary themes. In those days such masterpieces as the church of the Prophet Elijah, church of the St. John the Baptist in Tolchkovo, the majestic ensemble in Korovniki having unique frescoes were created by Yaroslavl masters of that time and got world-wide fame. At present, Yaroslavl is an administrative centre and the largest city of the region (with the population of 650 thousand). It has an advantages geographical situation being 280 km away from Moscow and 750 km away from St. Petersburg. Another town of the Yaroslavl region is Rostov, one of Russia’s oldest cities that was first chronicled in 862. Today, it’s a calm pretty place, 57km towards Moscow from Yaroslavl, with some magnificent old buildings magically sited by a shimmering lake. Rostov Veliky (Rostov the Great) has a much more Old Russian provincial feel than other towns of the Golden Ring. The town got its name in the 12th century when Yuri Dolgoruky established his Rostov-Suzdal principality. It became the capital and the spiritual center of the North-East Russia. A settlement called Moscow was founded on the lands of Great Rostov in 1147... By the early 13th century, the Rostov region split first from Suzdal and then into smaller pieces. The town suffered much from the Tatars invasion, and in the 16th century it was almost utterly cleared by an ambitious Orthodox Metropolitan, Iona Sysoevich, for a wonderful private Kremlin on the shore of the lake Nero.

       Uglich, one more pearl of the Golden Ring, is located on the Volga River, 90km north-west of Rostov-Veliky. It was here that Ivan the Terrible’s son Dmitry – later to be impersonated in the string of False Dmitrys in the Time of Troubles- was murdered in 1591, probably on Boris Godunov’s order. At present, this a small provincial town actively visited by both Russian and foreign tourists. Pereyaslavl-Zalessky is certainly a good place to visit if you want to get a piece of atmosphere of the old Russian village. The name of the town may be translated as Pereyaslavl Beyond the Woods, which reminds of the town’s beautiful nature and peaceful pace of life. Pereyaslavl was made a town in 1152 by Yury Dolgoruky. The town survived the Tatar-Mongol York and local princes’ wars. Today it preserves not only its architectural heritage, but also its old atmosphere as well.



Author: Anna Dorozhkina


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