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Kriushkino village not far from Pereslavl-Zalessky is like a fairy tale come alive: a log blockhouse with lace decorations. Inside is a Russian stove, snake-like mats, everything is made with love in the traditional Russian style.”

 
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The Golden Ring consist of the most ancient cities in Russia. It was here that Christianity was brought to Russia.

This clip taken from Russian news with transcript below, gives a short overview of the region.


Transcript: 

Anchor:

Today, one of the most well-known and popular tourist routes in Russia – the Golden Ring – celebrates its 50th anniversary. Ancient Russian cities traditionally attract sophisticated tourists from all over the world. A new document was presented today in Yaroslavl, the passport of the Golden Ring traveler. Several married couples also celebrated their golden wedding anniversaries. Marina Gromova will tell us about where a ring can take you if it’s golden.

Correspondent:

The peal of bells spreads out over the Kremlin, Lake Nero, and further to the Monastery of St. Jacob the Savior. They say if you haven’t heard the bells ringing in Rostov, you haven’t been to the city. In the 19th century, a local monk wrote down the music of the bells.

Dmitriy Smirnov, head bell-ringer:

“What we are hearing now is what people heard 200 years ago. Can you imagine the link of time? The audience changes, so do the bell-ringers, but the bell ringing remains the same.”

Correspondent:

Keeping to the traditions is typical for the Rostov residents.

Rostov enamel has been trendy for almost three centuries. The craftswomen paint on the enamel by hand. You can find something unconventional in the Onion quarter if you’re brave enough to drink tea with onion jam or try out onion marmalade.

Tourist:

“Tastes oniony.”

Resident:

“Because it is onion.”

Correspondent:

Kriushkino village not far from Pereslavl-Zalessky is like a fairy tale come alive: a log blockhouse with lace decorations. Inside is a Russian stove, snake-like mats, everything is made with love in the traditional Russian style.

Galina Nikolenko, granddaughter of the route founder: “This is the stained glass depicting one of the Golden Ring cathedrals. If you walk around the house and take a close look at it, you will see that everything is related to the Golden Ring.”

Nearby is the Pleshcheevo Lake and not far from there are the white-stone walls of the Nikitskiy Monastery. Yuriy Bychkov, a journalist and researcher, bought a house here in 1975, 8 years after the journal “Soviet Culture” published a series of his articles about Russian cities comprising the so-called Golden Ring.

Legend has it that the idea of a tourist route came to Yuriy in Suzdal, which hosts many tourists even in the low season. The domes of Vladimir sparkle in the grey sky that’s typical for autumn. Ivanovo, Sergiev Posad, Kostroma – each has something of its own in store for the guests.

The historic center of Yaroslavl, as well as the city itself, begins in Strelka – a meeting point of two rivers: the Kotorosl and the wide Mother Volga. Large ships navigate here in the summer, flocks of tourists stroll on these streets. It’s an amazing place both from the banks and above the river, the landscapes are beautiful. Be it summer, winter or even late autumn, each city is like an endless book one can get carried away into.

Traveling through the Golden Ring, a famous route which is celebrating its 50th anniversary, you always discover something new.

 

 


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