The palace dated back to 1480 and was built under prince Andrei the Big of Uglich, the son of Vasily the Blind. It is one of the few medieval Russian palaces that survived. Dmitri lived here from 1584 until 1591. Dmitri was the last son of Ivan the Terrible. He was killed on 15th May 1591. Today the palace is a small museum well worth visiting.
This beautiful building is just to the right of the Uspenskaya hotel on the next block. It’s construction started in 1892 and was finished in the beginning of the 20th century. The Yevreinov family were patriots and added a lot to the city. In this building they had furnished rooms upstairs and shops downstairs. And adjoining to the right of this building is a café/restaurant where our tour group had breakfast.
Today there is Hotel Uspenskaya with shops underneath. It always was an old style shopping center ie gostinny dvor. It is older than 1860 because then it became a new façade. There are several such shopping rows in Uglich. This one is just across the square from the kremlin area. In the background you see the Epiphany cathedral.
This beautiful wooden house is just outside the kremlin area to the right. Later in the morning there were souvenir stalls in front of it. The building dated back to the second half of the 19th century. It was first a library which opened on 27th July 1897. Later it housed a tourist office and living quarters. Today it’s a museum about the town life.
In the museum of Art and History which is housed in this church you can see portraits of Dmitri and others. Next to this museum you see the Bell Tower which belongs to the Cathedral of the Transfiguration. The Bogoyavlensky church was built between 1814 and 1827.
Peter the Great ordered this 17th century church built on the spot where Dmitri was killed. The construction was started in 1692. There is a rich interior and you can also see the litter on which the relics of Dmitri were taken to Moscow.
The Cathedral of the Transfiguration was built in 1713 and it's the largest structure in the Cremlin area. Its peculiarity is that it combines the best traditions of the ancient Russian architecture and some new methods of building. The Cathedral has many chambers attached (like the Chapel, for instance), and some interesting icons and frescoes. It's topped by 5 onion-shaped greeen domes.
The Belfry of Saviour -Transfiguration was built in 1730. It's the highest structure in Uglich and it was erected by the side of the Cathedral of the Resurrection. It's a simple yellow and white building which - apparently - is possible to climb; I say apparently because when I visited, it did not seem possible to do so. The structure is topped by a little gilded onion-shepd dome.
The Church of St. Demetrius of the Spilled Blood is the most beautiful building in Uglich, and the most historical, too. Demetrius means Dmitry, and this church was built on the site where the 9 year-old Tsarevich Dmitry, Ivan the Terrible's son, was assassinated. The building is painted in red to remind people of the blood spilled in this place. A legend (or maybe a truth) wants that someone saw the young Prince being assassinated, and rang a bell to let people know. Boris Godunov, the alleged murderer, decided to exile the offending bell - and sent it to faraway lands. The bell has since been returned, and it's now to be seen, and rung, in the church
The palace of Tsarevich Dmitry, Ivan the Terrible's son, is the oldest building in Uglich. It's an interesting brick building with simple but beautiful decorations, cubic in shape and overlapped with a crossed vault. In the past the palace was included in the ensemble of prince's residence, which consisted of separated buildings connected with passages, one of which led to the Cathedral of the Resurrection.
Entering the kremlin and crossing the old moat, you approach this church was added to the complex in 1713, one year before Peter the Great forbid stone buildings anywhere but in St Petersburg. This green domed cathedral is still an active place of Orthodox worship.
Getting from the jetty to town, you walk thru a wooded area where this lovely old lady was selling flowers in order to get some money. Half the flowers were already past their sellby date, but she was not deterred.
Outside the cathedral the belfry standing 37 meters tall can be seen with its crowned gilded dome recognizable from far away already. The Chaika watch factory installed an electronic bell in the tower in 1984 and your can hear its ringing every half hour.
The factory here churns out quite a number of watches per annum. They are also a favorite tourist obsession as they can fetch up to US$200 in the States, but here you can pick them up for as little as US$20 from the souvenir shop downtown as well as the kiosk in the park along the quay.
Perhaps the most fascinating building in the kremlin. Built in 1692 in honour of Tsarevich Dmitry, the structure is a fine example of 17th centry church architecture. It somewhat resemble a blue and red birthday cake due to its ornate windows, decorative cornice, star studded copulas and other components.