As usual, it it best to go in a sunny weather and on the day when there are not too many tourists. As regards "the insides", I've only been to the Ancient Russian Art museum. It has a pretty good collection of icons, some of which are very beuatiful. Small stone-cut icons surprised me a lot, never seen one of those. The collection also features an...more
Rostov bells are the most famous in Russia and the Rostov Chimes are the classical ones. The bells were cast by plan, in special proportion. Nearly all the bells have their own names and these names are used as notes in Chimes recording. The largest bell ‘Sysoy’ weighs 2000 poods (about 32 tons), ‘Polieleiny’ (‘Holy’) – 1000 poods, ‘Swan’ – 500...more
Rostov Kremlin is one of the youngest Russian Kremlins. It was built in XVI – XVII cent. on the place of the destroyed one for Rostov Metropolitan. It seems, Rostov princes didn’t like Rostov and preferred to live in other towns (for example in Suzdal ). May be Rostov wasn’t safe for their families – not once from its beginning it was destroyed by...more
St. Saviour Church on the Market (1685-1690) is now situated between the Kremlin wall and Trading Arcades. The first church at this place was built in 13th century and served the market. It did not have a parish and existed on a special tax paid by the trademen. To get to the church, from the Northern Gate walk right and then right again, the...more
Church of John the Evangelist (1683) is built on top of the gate serving as the main entrance to Kremlin (it also contains the bookstore and the ticket office). The church itself is decorated by several rows of 17th century frescoes. The church is accessible only from the Kremlin wall. The rampart walk accessible to the visitors (for a fee) starts...more
Inside the Kremlin Wall, there are three distinct areas. The Northern one is a former town square, and includes the oldest building of the city - Uspensky Sobor (Assumption Cathedral, 1508-1512), constructed before the Kremlin was catually built by Metropolitan Jonas. The adjacent 15-bell bellfry (uncommon for Russia, bell-towers are much more...more
Spaso-Yakovlevsky Monastery (founded presumably in the end of 14th century by Rostov Metropolitan Iakov - James) is on the bank of Lake Nero, South of the Kremlin (half an hour walk). There are monks living there, and access of the general public is restricted to Zachat'evskaya Tserkov' (Conception Church, 1686) with frescoes of 17th century and...more
A wooden church at the outskirts of Rostov, dated from 1687 (bell-tower from 19th century).Either exit the town direction Borisoglebsky, cross the railroad, get to the bridge over Ishnya (do not cross), and walk along the river upstream (on your left), about half an hour. If you have a car, exit direction Moscow, take the second turn right (marked...more
It is a nice restaurant with reasonable prices, but it's not as magnificent as it is advertised to be. Located in some sort of ancient white-stone chamber, it is decorated in a typical Soviet manner and reminded me of restaurants I wen to when I was little. The food was ok, but the size of the dishes not too big: we ordered many of them and thought...more
This is our barbeque on the lakeside near Dmitriev Monastery. Lakeside of the lake Nero is very wet and it is difficult to find a place for a picknick or barbeque. This place - to the right from monastery - is rather popular, we were not the only ones ;-) - Pork Shashlyk - Chicken Shashlyk- Salmon ShahslykAll are greatmore
This is our small VT meeting - me, Neilmcg, Anastasia_G and Heplion.Restaurant is remarkable only with the fact above ;-)Meals are not bad but nothing special. Service was awful - waiters were slow and were hard hit by sclerosis. May be because of big wedding party held here a day before ;-)more
There is nothing to do at night time in Rostov.
Though while staying in the hotel "Dom na Pogrebah", that is inside kremlin - you have an opportunity to walk inside the castle at night time, when it is closed for other tourists.
Dress Code: Anything you like, just not to frighten dogs which are rather angry ;-)
The town is 3 hr express train ride (along the elektrichka line)from Moscow's Yaroslavsky Station. Local trains leave regularly throughout the day, but the express departs only once - at 8.30 am. First class tickets on the express cost 200 RUR. The return express leaves Rostov at 5.18 pm every day.more
What to buy:
Rostovskaya finift’ (Rostov enamel) will be the best souvenir from the town. In small shops in front of the entrance to the Kremlin you’ll find great choice of caskets, brooches, rings, bracelets, earrings and other articles.
You can find more information about finift’ here http://finift.ru/ and here http://russian-crafts.com/enamel.html (and other sites) or in the museum of finift’ inside of Rostov Kremlin.
Rostov is well-known in the former USSR as a place where film "Ivan Vasil'evich changes his profession" was made. This is very funny comedy of 1970s. Rather hackneyed fantastic story how a guy from todays Ivan Vasilievich Bunscha was changed in times with Thar Ivan Vasilievich IV the Terrible, but due to of genius producer and magnificent casting...more