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Yaroslavl Travel Guide

Yaroslavl (Ярославль) is a city located roughly 250 km (155 miles) north-east of Moscow on the confluence of the Volga and Kotorosl rivers (see map). With a current population of roughly 630,000 inhabitants, it is a river port, a major rail junction, and a center of industry, tourism, and commerce.

Founded in the 11th century by Prince Yaroslavl the Wise, it became the capital of an independent principality before being absorbed by Moscow in 1463. During the 16th and 17th centuries the city thrived as an important river port and commercial center on the route between the White and Caspian seas. It even served briefly as Russia's capital during Polish occupation of Moscow in 1612. Remnants of this ancient trading center can still be found throughout the city. Often considered the capital of Russia's Golden Ring, the city is home to hundreds of monuments of cultural significance dating as early as the 13th century.

With such a wealth of history it is certainly a city worth visiting. Trains, buses and even a hydrofoil provide convenient daily schedules to and from Moscow. The city itself possesses a well-developed network of public transportation including buses, trolley-buses and tramway lines, plus a good selection of hotels and restaurants. Whether you want to stay a while and explore other cities of the Golden Ring or you simply want a quick excursion during your vacation to Moscow, a visit to Yaroslavl is well worth your time.


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