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History of Yaroslavl

Since ancient times there were settlements of Finnish-Ugrish tribes who assimilated with the Slavs at the junction of Volga and Kotorosl rivers. In the beginning of the 11th century Yaroslav Mudry ('Wise') founded a fortress here, which he called 'Yaroslavl'. Because of its favourable location on the river, the town became an important trade center in the beginning of the 13th century. At the times of the Tartar invasions (13th-14th centuries) Yaroslavl was burned and demolished, but in the 15th century it was mostly restored and rebuilt and became an important commercial center again, for a period of time it was the second richest and powerful city in Russia after Moscow.

Transfiguration Monastery


Photo Chuvilin SM, temples.ru

Cathedral of the Transfiguration of Our Lord and the carillon in the Transfiguration Monastery. 1563-1564.

The first brick church, erected in 1216 by Prince Konstantin of Rostov, was struck by fire in 1501. The existing church was built in its place.
At present it is a museum which is open to the public during the summer.

Church of Elijah the Prophet


Photo Sergey Duhanin Panoramio

An outstanding monument, one of the foremost examples of 17th-century Yaroslavl architecture.

Photo Panoramio

The iconostasis of the church, late 17th cent.

St. John Chrysostomos in Kirovniki


Photo Chuvilin SM, temples.ru

Korovniki ensemble: Right summer church of St. John Chrysostom (1654 ), left winter church of Our Mother icon of Vladimir.
A good example of Yaroslavl 2-story brick architecture. Rich, tiled decorations on outside.

Photo Bokarev Alexander, temples.ru

Typical Yaroslavl decorative tile bands.

Church of Archangel Mikhael


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According to legend founded by Prince Konstantin of Rostov on Don. Five-domed masonry church in the spirit of the Yaroslavl architecture.

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Archangel Mikhael with scenes from his life, Yaroslavl, early 17th cent, Rublyov Museum, Moscow

Church of the Beheading of John the Baptist in Tolchkovo


Photo RWFG 1977

The domes of the Church of the Beheading of John the Baptist in Tolchkovo. Because of its frescoes, one of the most interesting Yaroslavl churches
Brick building from 1671-1687.

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St John Baptist, the Angel of the Wilderness with scenes from his life, 1550 Yaroslavl Museum of Art . He carries his head.

The Frescoes of the Church in Tolkhovo

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The main interior portal of the Church of John the Baptist in Tolchkovo, 1700

The frescoes of the John Baptist Church in Tolchkovo are among the richest for their time in number and composition. Unfortunately, when I visited Tokhovo in 1977 the church was boarded up, and we were not able to get it unlocked. So, I was delighted to find photos of its startling and beautiful frescoes in the Russian internet. Because of their number I put them into a separate file on my website:

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The Frescoes of the Church

Yaroslavl Church of the Epiphany


Photo RWFG 1977

Yaroslavl, Bogoyavleniya Cherkov, the Church of the Epiphany of Christ, 1684-1693

Village of Palekh

18th-20th cent

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The Village of Palekh, Ivan Mikhailovich Baklanov (1870-1936). A 1934 lacquer box.

Palekh, a small village near Ivanovo, southwest of Yaroslavl, is famous for its lacquer boxes. During Soviet times the Palekh painters were elevated to national folk artists. They adapted well to their new role and soon turned out anything from Lenin to Gagarin with the same dedication they had spent on saints before.

Less known are the numerous icons painted in and around Palekh

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One of the most splendid Palekh icons is this Descent into Hell with Scenes of the Passion of Christ, 16th century.
Now in the Palekh Museum of Art