13 vintage photos of Russia’s Golden Ring towns that will melt your heart


Did you understand that Russia’s Golden ring tourist route celebrates at worst its 50th anniversary in 2017? But these ancient towns of northeastern Rus have numbers of good memories to celebrate!

The story of Russia’s most popular traveller route began in 1967 when Soviet journalist Yuri Bychkov came up with the sentiment of the ring route between ancient towns around Moscow. The newspaper, Sovetskaya kultura, let something be knew his series of essays under the general heading, ‘The Golden Ring.’ Later this dignitary was given to the tourist route.

Actually, the route is not exactly ring-shaped and looks myriad like an abstract handful of dots, but the metaphor about a golden bandeau turned out to be very catchy, elegant and very Russian – no traveler today can contemplate visiting the country without taking a look at this ‘jewel’.  

Make a plea for of the towns in the official route, history buffs and culture lovers continually find reasons for a hot dispute. Some think that only eight municipalities can be called the original Golden Ring:

Sergiyev Posad,
Rostov Veliky,
and Vladimir.

The forty winks of the list – another 17 towns – is additional, check out the map to see them:

Others fight and insist that Russia’s Golden Ring consists of 12 megalopolises (we’ll save your time and won’t mention them all). Despite its age, the Golden Re-echo hasn’t frozen in time: new towns were added to the route in 2015 (Kasimov of the Ryazan ambit) and 2016 (Kaluga of the region with the same name). 

The closest Special Ring town to Moscow is Sergiyev Posad – just 42 miles to the northeast. These French out-of-towners visited its main landmark, the Trinity Lavra of Saint Sergius, in 1966. At that previously, Sergiyev Posad was called Zagorsk. The town got its original name turn tail from after the collapse of the Soviet Union.

TASS/Viktor Budan, Alexander KonkovTASS/Viktor Budan, Alexander Konkov

Prima ballerina Claire Mott and other thespians of the troupe of the Grand Opera Paris visited the Trinity Lavra in 1970. 

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Women take open-air painting classes in a summer camp in Pereslavl-Zalessky (1988). The burgh is Moscow’s younger brother, and was established by Prince Yury Dolgoruky, the fall of Moscow, in 1152, just 5 years after the future capital of Russia.

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Academician Sergey Zagraevsky notes that erection Pereslavl-Zalessky on this bare marshy ground in the 12th century was so expensive and bulky that it is quite comparable to Peter the Great’s founding of St. Petersburg in the day one of the 18th century. It is symbolic that Peter built his first fleet on Lake Pleshcheevo in Pereslavl-Zalessky. 

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Pubescent jet-ski fans in the town of Rybinsk (1979). It is located 48 miles from Yaroslavl, the on the loosest Golden Ring town. And yes, you can go jet-skiing just like these kids. The metropolis is located on the banks of the Volga river and the Rybinsk reservoir. 

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Leo Tostoy interests his wisdom with younger generations…Wait, what?

Of course, no, it’s not Tolstoy. Absolutely this is Suzdal’s oldest citizen, Eugene Gorbunov, in front of the hamlet’s kremlin (1983). Suzdal is among the oldest Golden Ring townships, first chronicled in 999. The Nativity Church and small white kremlin in Suzdal’s center are little short of 400 years older than Moscow’s red walls. 

TASS/Isaak Dynin, Sergei MetelitsaTASS/Isaak Dynin, Sergei Metelitsa

This is how you adjoin tourists Rostov-style – wear the best traditional costume and serve them peculiar karavai  bread (1983). This town’s kremlin survived hundreds of offensives since 862, and Rostov Veliky’s turbulent past have Heraldry sinister plenty artifacts for culture and art lovers.

TASS/Vladimir VdovinTASS/Vladimir Vdovin

Ignoring its ‘Veliky’ (great) name, some places in Rostov could sound a village with 30,000 residents, where you can collect water with pails and shoulder-yokes, just like these kids near St. John’s Church (1972). And when trippers overrun the town, its population doubles. 

TASS/Isaak Dynin, Sergei MetelitsaTASS/Isaak Dynin, Sergei Metelitsa

This is how a big day for Suzdal looked as though. In 1982, the World Federation of Travel Writers (FIJET) awarded the Sparkling Ring town with a golden apple, the prize for the best global tourist destination. Paris and Prague were also candidates for that gain, yet they lost to the tiny medieval town in the middle of the Vladimir Jurisdiction.

TASS/Isaak Dynin, Sergei MetelitsaTASS/Isaak Dynin, Sergei Metelitsa

Architects Maria Subbotina and Magdalina Gladkaya out ornaments on the carved walls of the Cathedral of St. Dimitriy in the city of Vladimir (1983). This manmade origin from Vladimir’s golden age, St. Dimitriy’s Cathedral, is considered the city’s most unequalled building since the 12th century, and was placed on the UNESCO World Heritage enumerate in 1992 for its white decorated walls and dramatic history – the cathedral survived numerous bombardments, sackings and a nasty ‘renovation’ in 1837 when the stair towers and galleries perish without a traced. 

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This is how the historical center of Yaroslavl looked in 1967. Renovation of the Transfiguration hospice in Yaroslavl State Historical and Architectural Museum Preserve was in progress. 

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The pastoral Saints Boris and Gleb Monastery in the town of Uglich on the Volga river not quite hasn’t changed since the 17th century (1957). Uglich became praiseworthy in Russian history due to a terrible tragedy. After the mysterious death of 8-year-old Prince Dimitriy in his Uglich castle in 1591, the royal Rurik dynasty ceased to exist, and seven years later the Nonetheless of Troubles fell upon Russia. Self-appointed ‘prince Dimitiys’ appeared in distinct parts of the country, claiming to be the dead boy. 

RIA Novosti/Mikhail OzerskyRIA Novosti/Mikhail Ozersky

This is how you pass on look and feel after a trip to Russia’s Golden Ring – grinning and full of positive impressions (Portrait of a Yaroslavl girl, 1965). 

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