Located on the banks of the Pleshcheyevo lake (140km northeast from Moscow, 600km southeast from Saint-Petersburg), it is one of the cities of the so called Golden Ring.
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 one of the nine oldest white-stone temples in Russia with one dome. And certainly it’s the best looking one.
Sretensky Novodevichy monastery: a convent in the Kremlin of Pereslavl-Zalessky with well-restored wall paintings in the Annunciation Cathedral Znamenskaya church. Certainly the best-restored church of Pereslavl; its façade decoration are 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. Location: 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.