The city of Yaroslavl is situated on the Volga River at its confluence with the Kotorosl River. Yaroslavl was founded by a prince of Kievan Rus Yaroslav the Wise during the period of his ruling the Principalityof Rostov when he stepped ashore for the first time near the area now known as 'Strelka', a favorite modern park. On this spot which was well protected from attack by the high, steep banks of the Volga, Kotorosl and Medveditsa Rivers, Yaroslavl and his men began to set about building the first Yaroslavl Kremlin. The name of the city is traditionally linked to that of its founder: Yaroslav. The legend of the Yaroslav’s exploit was popular in the past, as well. That’s why it has inspired the scenery to the emblem of Yaroslavl: a bear is standing on its rear feet in a silver shield holding a golden pole-axe with a golden handle on its left shoulder. Initially Yaroslavl, like most ancient Russian towns was a wooden log fortress. That’s why its oldest part, the one at the Spit has long been called Log Town.
It is the town where real world culture masterpieces have been created, where one can feel the breath of history. At the same time Yaroslavl is an important economic, transport, scientific- educational centre of Yaroslavl. New living-blocks and industrial parks are being constructed here, national and international investment projects are being implemented.
The Historical Centre of the City of Yaroslavl is included in the List of heritage properties of federal importance, which is managed by the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation.
If you intend to delve into Russia’s history, there is no better place than Yaroslavl, which few visitors know was Russia’s capital for a short time. Today the city leads a tranquil and peaceful existence as one of the leading business centers in the European part of the country. It has a very modern air, but do not be deceived. Nothing hints at its history and former glory better than its remarkable architectural style and urban planning, which were led by Empress Catherine the Great herself. The streets are wide and peaceful, perfect for strolling and soaking up the air of what Russians call the “Time of Troubles,” a particularly challenging period in Russian history that lasted from 1598 to 1613.
Traditional rye bread, porridge, various types of "kissel" (a thick fruit dish often enjoyed as dessert) and fish have always been eaten by simple people and the aristocracy. To sample traditional foods try to coordinate your visit with a holiday such as Maslenitsa, the main holiday of Yaroslavl. Maslenitsa holiday includes the whole week of dancing, singing, playing games and traditional Russian cuisine. The last day of Pancake Week is called "Forgiveness Sunday". Relatives and friends ask each other for forgiveness and might offer them small presents. As the culmination of the celebration people gather to "strip Lady Maslenitsa of her finery" and burn her in a bonfire. Left-over pancakes may also be thrown into the fire and Lady Maslenitsa's ashes are buried in the snow to "fertilize the crops". People explained the children why Full meal were burnt, that is why they had do eat only Friday fare during the Great Lent.
There are many interesting places to visit in Yaroslavl. There are about 30 museums and tourist objects, 785 monuments of History and culture. Apart from the Volkov Theater, the most famous theater in our city, there are a number of other theatres in Yaroslavl, including the State Puppet Theater, a children's and youth theater and the Yaroslavl Chamber Theater. In addition to these theaters, the city also has a philharmonic and a permanent circus.
Well-developed tourist infrastructure, comfortable hotels, cosy cafes and restaurants, entertainments programs to meet most exquisite demands, all this makes Yaroslavl attractive to tourists from all over the world.