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Side Trips from Moscow

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Side Trips from Moscow

Easy day trips into the Moscow environs bring you to some fascinating monasteries, including Russia's most popular place of pilgrimage, Troitse-Sergieva Lavra, and several important cultural sights, among them novelist Leo Tolstoy's estate in Yasnaya Polyana. Trips a bit farther afield into river valleys north and east of Moscow bring you to ancient Russian towns that make up what is commonly called the "Golden Ring."

They seem quite unassuming today in comparison to the sprawling, bustling capital, but before the Mongol invasion, Rostov, Vladimir, Suzdal, and Yaroslavl were the centers of Russian political, cultural, and economic life. In fact, you might call this historic realm Russia's Capital-That-Might-Have-Been. These small towns, all within easy striking distance of Moscow, were where the Russian nation was born nearly a millennium ago and, consequently, are home to some of the country's most beautiful churches and monasteries, romantic kremlins (fortresses), and famous works of art, such as Andrei Rublyov's frescoes in the cathedral at Vladimir. Although these towns may lack some of the amenities you can easily find in Moscow, they have a provincial charm and aura of history that make them an important stop for anyone seeking to become acquainted with Russian history.
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    New Jerusalem Monastery

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    The Resurrection Monastery (Russian: Воскресенский монастырь, Voskresensky Monastery) or New Jer...

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    Leo Tolstoy's Museum in Yasnaya Polyana

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    Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius

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    The most important Russian monastery and spiritual center of the Russian Orthodox Church. . This i...

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    Toy Museum

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    Abramtsevo Estate

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    Hotel Pereslavl

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    Featuring a sauna and a games room, Pereslavl Hotel is situated in historic Pereslavl-Zalessky, w...

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    Goritsky Monastery

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    The Goritsky Monastery of Dormition (Russian: Успенский Горицкий монастырь) was a Russian Orthod...

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    Rostov kremlin

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    Church of Elijah the Prophet

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    Candle of Yaroslavl

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    St. John the Baptist Church

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    St. John the Baptist Church (Russian: Церковь Иоанна Предтечи) in Yaroslavl is considered to be t...

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    Ring Premier Hotel

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    Ring Premier Hotel is situated in the cultural and business centre of Yaroslavl city, a 5-minute ...

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    Monastery of the Transfiguration of the Savior

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    Church of the Epiphany

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    Skver 20/10

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    Cathedral of Saint Demetrius

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    The Cathedral of Saint Demetrius (Russian Дмитриевский собор) is a cathedral in the ancient Russi...

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    Stary Gorod

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    Bogolyubovo

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    Bogolyubovo (Russian: Боголю́бово) is a rural locality (a settlement) in Suzdalsky District of Vl...

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    Dormition Cathedral

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    The Dormition Cathedral in Vladimir (sometimes translated Assumption Cathedral) (Russian: Собор У...

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    U Zolotykh Vorot

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    Located only 3 minutes’ walk from the 12th-century Golden Gates in Vladimir city, this hotel feat...

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    Church of the Intercession on the Nerl

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    The Church of the Intercession of the Holy Virgin on the Nerl River (Russian: Церковь Покрова на ...

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    Golden Gate

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    The Golden Gate of Vladimir (Russian: Zolotye Vorota, Золотые ворота), constructed between 1158 a...

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    Monastery of the Feast of the Deposition of the Robe

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    Monastery of Saint Euthymius

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    The Spaso-Evfimiev Monastery is one of the largest and best preserved monasteries in Suzdal. It i...

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    Suzdal Kremlin

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    The Suzdal Kremlin (Russian: Суздальский кремль) is the oldest part of the Russian city of Suzdal...

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    Sokol Hotel

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    The Sokol is located in the historic building - a former merchants' Voronini's mansion, in the he...

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    Churches of St. Lazarus and St. Antipy

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    Museum of Wooden Architecture

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    Convent of the Intercession

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