This monument is not very old but it is historically important. Due to the legend there was a settlement and a small castle which was built by Vladimir, the Novgorod duke, for his wife Rodneda who was the daughter of the Polotsk duke Rogvolod.
The story goes that Vladimir fell madly in love with Rodnega and wanted to marry her but she refused. So he took her by force to be his wife. She tried to kill him in his sleep and he then exiled her in 985 together with the son Izyaslav from whose name the town name of Zaslavl was derived.
The Church of the Saviour's Transfiguration is the town's main touristic highlight and landmark. It dates back to 1577, when is was built by Jan Glebovich and used to be surrounded by fortifications. Still today you may walk up a grassy mound that is surrounding the church circle-like. The tower of this orthodox church is 35 meters high.
Another interesting fact is that this cathedral was originally a prothestant Calvinist church, then a Catholic church of the Franciscan order before becoming an orthodox church in 1839.
The church is gothic renaissance inside but it wasn't opportune to take any pictures when we visited.
More or less just across the railway tracks coming from the railway station building you will find the ethnographic museum. We only looked at the buildings from outside and had a quick look inside the main building as we didn't want to join the tour due to our limited understanding of the Russian language.
The museum consists of several buildings like a steam mill, a barn, a miller's house, a smithy etc. from the beginning of the 20th century or older.
In the park in front of the town hall by the trees you may find an interesting monument. It was set up in 1985 to commerate the 1000 year jubilee of the town and it says on it that a message is left inside it for the future inhabitants to read after the next 100 years in 2085.
All over Belarus you can still find traces of the Soviet Union. In all the towns we visited there is still a monument to Lenin to be found, usually in front of the town hall. So Zaslavl is no exception.
Another local customs is that you may see a red star attached to the wall of the house by the house number. This indicates that a war surviver lived/lives there.
On the second photo you will see that the tradition to show portraits of the best town council workers outside the town hall is still very much alive.
Within the remains of the castle ramparts just behind the Saviour-Transfiguration Church you can find a monument with a stone cross. It looks as though the cross used to stand and some time ago has fallen over.
The monument is dedicated to the 50th anniversary of 1861 when the czar freed the slaves.
The Roman Catholic Church of Mary's Nativity is in summer somewhat hidden by trees. The outside facade is currently undergoing renovations and therefore looks a bit patchy.
The church dates was built from 1774-99. When we visited it was closed.
Approaching the Church of the Saviour's Transfiguration you may notice what is left of the old settlement wall or rampart. These archelogical findings date back to the 11th till 17th century. You can climb up but will hardly see much from up there as we found out.
Next to the settlement crumblies you may also see what is left of the castle gate. It's definitely not a lot.
The gate was originally built in the 16th century.