Located on the banks of the Pleshcheyevo lake (140km northeast from Moscow, 600km southeast from Saint-Petersburg), it is one of the Golden Ring of Russian cities.
The history of this place counts back almost nine hundred years. Six monasteries and several large churches, remarkable monuments of ancient Russian architecture among them, are part of the medieval heritage, as well as a small XII c. Kremlin surrounded by an earthwork rampart: the walls of the fortress were dismantled in the XVIII c., but the ramparts are still standing. The hills offer a view over the former Kremlin’s center, the Cathedral of the Transfiguration of the Saviour. The Cathedral of the Transfiguration is the best preserved one out the nine oldest white-stone one-domed temples in Russia.
Other notable locations for filming in Pereslavl-Zalesskiy
- Sretensky Novodevichy monastery: a convent in the Kremlin of Pereslavl-Zalessky with well-restored wall paintings in the Annunciation Cathedral
- Znamenskaya church: probably the best-restored church of Pereslavl; its façade is decorated with images of saints and mosaics
- St. Simeon’s сhurch: an early XVIII c. Baroque building with five domes, two floors and a mosaic on the floor inside
- The Church of Peter the Metropolitan – an architectural monument of the XVI c.; it has a hipped roof typical for its time
- The Forty Martyrs’ church: a Baroque church built in the middle of the XVIII c. by two brothers-merchants; it is situated in the Pleshcheyevo lake’s sides
- The Goritsky Monastery of Dormition: a once prosperous monastery with numerous buildings now open as a museum
- The Nikitsky Monastery: a large monastery with buildings from XII to XIX cc.
FilmSPbTV can provide all the necessary film permissions from the Orthodox church authorities for making a project in those sites.
Another object of cult characteristic for its epoch is the Blue Stone (the so-called ‘Sin-Kamen’). It lies right by the water of Pleshcheyevo lake and serves as a reminder of remote pagan times.
Pereslavl is famous for its private museums dedicated to all sorts of antiquities: disused household items, old trains, peasant utensils are collected by residents of the city. Here, people are proud of their heritage and are ready to share their enthusiasm. They restore old houses, as
there are plenty of them in downtown Pereslavl. Even the pavement on some streets remains untouched.
Our fixers can help you with filming the Pereslavl Narrow-gauge Railway Museum, Kukushka. Kukushka is the perfect example of such an individual initiative: a large collection of vehicles exhibited under the open sky, not constrained by any interior and thusperfect for filming purposes.
Pereslavl is one of the most interesting cities of the Golden Ring. It is packed with merchants’ and aristocratic homesteads, old churches, huge monasteries, and private museums made by people who are genuinely curious about the local history.