Rostov Travel Guide

  • Things to Do
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  • Things to Do
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  • Things to Do
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Rostov Things to Do

  • Rostov Kremlin and the insides

    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...

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  • Lake Nero

    In summer you can cruise around the lake and enjoy views of Rostov and surroundings. In winter it’s frozen and the ice is so thick that people aren’t afraid of driving their cars just across the lake.

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  • Rostov Bells

    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...

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  • Rostov Kremlin

    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...

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  • Concerts in the tower chapels

    Again, hearing Russian liturgical vocal music in one of these chapels is not to be missed. This is the church where most of this occurred.

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  • Rostov Veliky - the Walls

    Tickets can be purchased for walking the walls. This gives access to the many frescoed chapels and some great views. Tickets are purchased at the main gate.

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  • The boat on Lake Nero

    This boat takes off from the shore near the Kremlin and for about 40 minutes allows great views of the Kremlin and the two outlyiing Monasteries, St. Jacob in particular.

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  • Virgin Nativity Church

    Virgin Nativity Church was also built in 17th century and is currently enclosed by the female Virgin Nativity monastery (all other buildings of the monastery date from 19th century). This is the only monastery right at the center of the city.

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  • St. Saviour Church on the Market

    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...

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  • Kremlin - Church of the Saviour

    Church of the Saviour (церковь Спаса на Сенях, 1675) is the former church of Rostov Metropolitans. To get to the church, one first has to take the stairs and get to the square on the second floor of one of the chambers. The church...

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  • Kremlin - St. Gregory Church

    St. Gregory Church (1670) is consecrated to St. Gregory the Theologian. Currently is not accessible.

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  • Kremlin - Resurrection Church

    Resurrection Church (Вознесенская церковь, 1670) is built above the gate, but this gate separates two parts of the Kremlin - the former town square and the inner yard. The church contains frescoes of 17th century. Here also the rampart...

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  • Kremlin - Red Chamber

    Red Chamber (House of the Tsar) was built in the end of 17th century. It contains two exposition: history of Russian enamels (Rostov was a center of enamel production) and the bell museum.

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  • Kremlin - Church of John the Evangelist

    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...

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  • Kremlin - Hodigitria Church

    Hodigitria Church (1693) is one of the most remarkable Kremlin buildings. It is painted in three colours in such a way that one gets an illusion of relief. Inside, there is a big iconostasis.

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  • Kremlin - Assumption Cathedral

    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...

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  • Spaso-Yakovlevsky Monastery

    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...

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  • Church of Apostle John on Ishnya

    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...

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Rostov Hotels

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  • Moskovsky Trakt Hotel

    29a, Okruzhnaya Street, Rostov, Russia

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Business

  • Usadba Pleshanova

    34, Leninskaya Street, Rostov, 152155, Russia

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

Rostov Restaurants

  • The best known, but probably not the...

    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...

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  • Self-serviced

    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 great

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  • VTers meeting

    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 ;-)

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Rostov Nightlife

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    by Pablos_new Updated Oct 26, 2006

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    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 ;-)

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Rostov Transportation

  • Ferry on the lake Nero

    Take a boat trip along lake Nero. You will see remarkable landscapes. You will see castle - kremlin, Spaso-Jacovlev Dmirtievsky monastery and wonderful nature.Trip lasts about 45 min and cost 50 roubles per adult (25 r per child).

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  • Motor boat

    Locals will offer you a motor boat trip around the small island. Worth to take for kids - high speed and a lot of fun. Though the whole voyage will take only 15 min - that is not too much for 200 roubles (4 people x 50 r).

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  • Getting there

    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.

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Rostov Shopping

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    by PolinaS Updated Jun 22, 2007

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    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.

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Rostov Off The Beaten Path

  • The House of Crafts

    Here you can try your skills in Rostov traditional crafts. Andrey and me made a funny clay cat which was the most interesting our souvenir from Rostov.

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  • Rostov: St Jacobs Monastery Pt.1

    The Monastery of St Jacobs is only a 20 minute wander away from the Rostov Kremlin along the shore line of Lake Nero. It still functions as a working religious community, but has areas open to the public such as its church and garden.

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  • Tsar Ivan Grozny

    " - Ñäâèíü áðîâè, à òî ìîðäà ó òåáÿ êàêàÿ-òî íå öàðñêàÿ. Îé, çàñûïåìñÿ!"" - Knit your brow! Your muzzle looks not like Tsar's one. Oh, we'll be nabbed!" (from film "Ivan Vasilyevich changes his profession")

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Rostov Favorites

  • "Ivan Vasil'evich..."

    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...

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  • Shashlyk

    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 ;-)

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  • Lake Nero

    Take a boat trip along lake Nero.You will see remarkable landscapes and views on the town. Castle and monasteries are reflected in the mirror of the lake making miracle.

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