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A large, laid-back town of tree-lined avenues with a fascinating old heart, Yaroslavl was founded by Prince Yaroslavl the Wise, who came there to kill the bear that was the god-figure for the local forest-dwelling peoples.

The frescoes of the Church of Elijah the Prophet are among the best in the country, and the heavily fortified Monastery of the Transfiguration of the Saviour holds some of Russia's oldest religious icons.

Yaroslavl is well located to explore the upper Golden Ring — its riverside location, atmospheric central square, and bustling shopping precincts provide a wealth of leisure activities.

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