The city was founded in 1010 by Rostov Prince Yaroslav the Wise at the place where a small settlement called Medvezhy Ugol (Bears Conner) was located and the Kotorosl River enters the Volga. The fortress built here had to defend the way from the Volga to Rostov the Great.
In the early XIII century due to the favorable location Yaroslavl turned into one of the biggest cities of Rostov Land and soon became the capital of a separate County.
Yaroslavl is one of the most beautiful cities of the Upper Volga.
The Spasso-Preobrazhensky Monastery (was founded in the early XII century). In the Monastery the Spasso-Preobrazhensky Cathedral (1506-1516) retains its original construction.
The Church of the Prophet Elijah (1647-1650) is a vivid example of the Yaroslavl architecture school of XVII century. Its unique frescoes of XVII – early XVIII century are wide famous.
The Tolgsky Convent of the Entry of the Most Holy Virgin into the Temple (Svjato-Vvedensky convent) founded at the place of holy apparition of Tolgsky Holy Virgin Icon in 1314.
Yaroslavl Art Museum. In Metropolitan Chambers (XVII century) you can find the magnificent examples of Old Russian icons (starting from early XIII century; one can see the famous Tolgsky Holy Virgin Icon) and the tile exposition. Not far from the Metropolitan Chambers in the main part of the museum building (of 1820s) it’s worth visiting the rich expositions of pre-revolutionary and soviet art collections.