Aleksandrov Travel Guide

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Aleksandrov Things to Do

  • Trinity Cathedral

    The Trinity Cathedral was built in 1513. The palace church of the Tsar residence is the most grandiose and majestic structure of Alexandrova Sloboda. Important political and social events took place in it - Ivan IV the Terrible married his third wife Anna Sobakina and his fifth wife Anna Vasilchikova. His son Ivan Ivanovitch married Eudokia...

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  • Tsar Ivan the Terrible in painting

    A chamber exhibition "Tsar Ivan the Terrible in painting" from the collection of the museum is situated in palace of the beginning of the XVI-th century which had been probably "money storage" of tsar court. The exhibition reflects impressions of painters of different periods (from XVII century up to our days) of one of the most outstanding Russian...

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  • Treasures of three centuries

    The exposition "Treasures of three centuries" is situated in the Assumption Church. It will help you to estimate the beauty and to see the rarities of Russian art of the XVII-XIX centuries. Manuscripts and printed books, precious fabrics, rare original examples of icon painting and embroidery leave unforgettable impression.Alexandrova Sloboda...

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  • Hay Bed-room

    Traveling around the Tsar Yard the museum visitors can find themselves on a wonderful exposition "A Hay Bed-room". It represents the interior of a room, where according to ancient tradition the newlywed Tsar and Tsarina were to spend their first wedding night. In the rich decoration of the room there are well combined elements of Orthodox and Pagan...

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  • Refectory Chamber of the Tsar Ivan IV

    Inside the original palace buildings of the XVI century the exposition "Refectory Chamber of the Tsar Ivan IV" will show you unusual "palace decoration" of the Tsar hall, the Tsar table-ware - gold and silver plates and goblets. The exposition is situated in the Tsar’s Chambers.There also is an interactive program (for tourist groups) "A small Tsar...

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  • Nadcladeznaya Chapel

    Nadcladeznaya Chapel was built in the XVIII century. It is a small octahedral construction under a dome-shaped roof above a well. It belongs to the museum.You may watch my high resolution photo of Alexandrovskaya Sloboda on the Google Earth according to the following coordinates 56º 24' 1.66" N 38º 44' 24.09" E or on my Google Earth Panoramio ...

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  • Church of Feodor Stratilat

    The Church of Feodor Stratilat was built in 1682. It is a small temple above the Sacred gate of the monastery. It was built with support of Tsar Feodor Alekseevich.You may watch my high resolution photo of Alexandrovskaya Sloboda on the Google Earth according to the following coordinates 56º 23' 59.61" N 38º 44' 16.05" E or on my Google Earth...

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  • Church of Sretenija Gospodnja

    The Church of Sretenija Gospodnja was built in 1680. It is a small temple at monastic sick-lists chambers. There is a crypt with tombs of Peter's I sisters Marfa and Feodosiya in the cellars of the church.You may watch my high resolution photo of Alexandrovskaya Sloboda on the Google Earth according to the following coordinates 56º 24' 2.52" N 38º...

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  • Watchtowers

    In the XVII century on a place of ancient powerful fortifications were erected new - with four angular towers and Feodor Stratilat's church.You may watch my high resolution photo of Alexandrovskaya Sloboda on the Google Earth according to the following coordinates 56º 23' 57.05" N 38º 44' 18.53" E or on my Google Earth Panoramio Watchtower.

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  • Private Chambers

    The Private Chambers was built in the XVII century. It was constructed in forms of state buildings of that epoch.You may watch my high resolution photo of Alexandrovskaya Sloboda on the Google Earth according to the following coordinates 56º 24' 2.69" N 38º 44' 23.78" E or on my Google Earth Panoramio Private chambers .

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  • Assumption Church

    The Assumption church was built in the XVI-XVII centuries. It was the home church of the Great Princess. It is a small church of delicate proportions, standing on a high white-stone ground floor, under which there are well preserved vast cellars - safe treasure depositories of the Moscow Princes Vasili III and Ivan IV.There is a legend which says...

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  • Intercession Church frescos

    On the sides of the tent-shaped roof of the Intercession Church there is the unique well preserved fresco painting which was commissioned by Ivan the Terrible himself. The painting strikes by perfection of fine line, by laconic artistic language, unordinary choice of depicted saints. The first Russian Tsar Ivan IV spent long hours in this church...

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Aleksandrov Transportation

  • How to get there

    Alexandrov is a town in Vladimir Oblast situated 120 kilometers north-east of Moscow. The town of Alexandrov, well known before as Alexandrova (or Alexandrovskaya) Sloboda, is situated on the crossway of ancient roads from the largest historic centers of Russia - Vladimir and Suzdal, Rostov the Great and Yaroslavl, Sergiev Posad and...

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  • Getting There by Train

    Taking a train is the most simple way – no need to torture your own car with Russian roads, no traffic jams etc. But you should absolutely keep in mind that rail traveling in Russia in summer is close to hell. Trains are suspended (or they are always late) because the tracks are being repaired. But, taking a train to Aleksandrov is still a...

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  • Easy...

    Aleksandrov can be easily accessed by a train. From Yaroslavsky Railway station in Moscow one can take a train to Aleksandrov. Though don't know how long it'll take (maybe about 2,5 hrs), I went there by car.The building of train station in Aleksandrov is really, like a smaller copy of Paveletsky station in Moscow.It'll take approximatley 30 mins...

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Aleksandrov Shopping

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    The tour around the Tsar Yard finishes with a souvenir shop. Wide variety of porcelain and clay things, fine adornments of semi-precious stones and wood, traditional Russian matrioshka-dolls, audio cassettes with taped poetry and letters of Ivan the Terrible, souvenirs with Tsar Residence symbols are available for everybody to be taken away to his native place.
    A souvenir will remind you of wonderful meetings on the land of Alexandrov for a long time.

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Aleksandrov Local Customs

  • Excavations custom

    As I have already written, the set of mysterious legends is connected with Alexandrova Sloboda. It's a legendary library of Ivan IV, secret passages etc. Therefore each summer season numerous excavation are being produced there. As I have understood students of historical faculties of universities are engaged in excavations. Possibly, it is their...

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  • Wedding custom

    While walking around the territory of the monastery, I saw a set of a newly-married couple who also were walking there and were taking photo on background of beautiful churches. It has not caused any surprise. Something like that you may see almost everywhere where there is such historical sight. I was surprised by another unusual custom. When I...

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  • In a peasant timber house

    At the exhibition "In a peasant timber house" you may be a participant of an interactive ceremony of matchmaking, where each one will play his role: a bride, a bridegroom, a matchmaker and so on.You may watch my 4 min 12 sec VIDEO-Clip Alexandrovskaya Sloboda Slide-show Part III out of my YouTube Channel with Russian music.

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Aleksandrov Tourist Traps

  • What is it?

    This riddle is devoted to Michael and Sonja. They have guessed at once! I often see similar wooden houses on their pages about Russia and they perfectly know, what is it! Probably in Europe it is already difficult to find such small green wooden houses, especially in places of mass congestion of tourists. But in Russia they are still available! For...

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  • Rubbish heaps

    Unfortunately I should say that you’ll see rubbish heaps almost everywhere when you go sightseeing in small Russian towns. Alexandrov isn’t exclusion! You will see these rubbish heaps and dust bins even in front of churches (photo 1) and monuments (photo 2). It’s a pity!

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Aleksandrov Off The Beaten Path

  • Church of the Nativity

    The Church of the Nativity was initially constructed in 1696 at a place where a wooden church existed since Ivan Grozny time. A small church was later rebuilt in Pseudo Russian style in 1847 on money of merchant Baranov. Unfortunately the Bell Tower hasn’t survived. The Church was closed in 1929 and reopened in 1990.You may watch my 1 min 29 sec...

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  • Pond and the Seraya River

    The Seraya (Grey) River is running through Alexandrov to Kliazma, then to Oka, then to Volga.I was told by a local that the decision on clearing of the Seraya River which proceeds through the city near to memorial estate "Alexandrovskaya Sloboda" was accepted long time ago. The river became an original sight. But as money from the city budget for...

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  • Walk around monastery's walls

    Don’t limit yourself with watching the Monastery inside. Have a walk around its walls outside and you’ll see typical Russian landscapes with fortress walls (photo 1) on the background. You’ll see a neglected pond (photo 2) and a church (photo 3,4,5) which needs an urgent renovation. You may watch my high resolution photo of Alexandrovskaya Sloboda...

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Aleksandrov Favorites

  • Alexandrov Architectural Background

    Architectural ensemble of the Tsar Yard of Alexandrova (or Alexandrov’s or Alexandrovskaya) Sloboda is the unique medieval palace complex. It was created by Italian and Moscow architects in the XVI-XVII centures. The ensemble was the second one after the Kremlin of Moscow in terms of size, beauty and richness. A spirit of that century, epoch of...

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  • Alexandrov Historical Background

    The town was first mentioned in a deed by Ivan Kalita in the XIVth century as Alexandrov settlement. The origin of its name is still unknown. The town of Alexandrov is famous because it served as the capital of Russia for three months (from December 1564 till February 1565) under Tsar Ivan the Terrible (Ivan IV Grozny) . In 1564-1581 the residence...

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  • Museum-Reserve "Alexandrova Sloboda"

    Fund collections of the museum were formed during 80 years. They reflect a deep, original history and culture of Alexandrovskaya Sloboda of Middle Ages period as a political, and cultural centre Russia of the XVI-th century. They also show a development of Russian province of the XIX -th century. Collections, dates back to the XX-th century, tell...

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