Yaroslavl Region is a subject of the Russian Federation included into the Central Federal District. It was formally established in 1936. The administrative center of the region is Yaroslavl. The region’s present boundaries were set up on August 13, 1944. The region is over 36 thousand sq. km in area. 43% of its territory is covered with woods. The population is 1435 thousand residents. The region borders Tver, Moscow, Ivanovo, and Kostroma and Vologda regions.
Yaroslavia features beautiful mid-Russian landscapes. Its emerald green forests, quiet rivers and picturesque valleys have always inspired Russian writers, poets, artists and composers. Natural beauty is framed by man-made marvels — grand architectural monuments inherited from talented craftsmen of the past.
Yaroslavl lands are known for hospitality of its residents. Ages ago, guests from oversees came over Yaroslavl and Uglich by Mother Volga waterways on their way from the Varangians to the Greeks. Today, Yaroslavia also offers a number of attractions for its visitors.
The main natural resource of the region is the Volga River washing old Russian towns. 214 regional settlements were recognized historic relics which accumulated high historic and cultural value.
The region is proud to possess over 5000 historic and cultural monuments. The Rostov Kremlin and the historic center of Yaroslavl are recommended for the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage List.
The most ancient preserved architectural monument is Transfiguration Cathedral in Pereslavl Zalessky (1152). The Dormition Cathedral in the Rostov Kremlin, princes’ chambers in the Uglich Kremlin, Transfiguration Cathedral in Yaroslavl, St. Abraham Monastery in Rostov, Nikitsky and Trinity-Daniel Monastery in Pereslavl and many others represent true architectural treasures of the 15–16th centuries.
A major part of relics preserved in the region are masterpieces of Yaroslavl school of the 17th century. This peculiar «Yaroslavl Renaissance» granted us the Church of John the Baptist, the temple complex in Korovniki, the Church of St. Elias the Prophet and many other masterpieces.
Yaroslavl area is the birthplace of Fyodor Volkov, the founder of the first Russian theatre (1750). In the end of the 18th century, the most famous Russian script and the first Russian poem «Lay of Igor’s Warfare» was found here. Nikolay Nekrasov, often called «the most Russian» poet lived and worked in Yaroslavl lands.
Yaroslavl Region houses over 250 operating museums. The biggest of them were open over hundred years ago. Collections contain more than 800 thousand exhibits.
The region’s life is rich in cultural events. Six theaters give their performances, including the first theatre in Russia; numerous festivals and exhibitions are held there with participation of the Governorate’s Symphony Orchestra.
Uniqueness of each of the historic towns of the region allows organizing interesting festivals attracting a great number of tourists: for instance, the Days of European Cultural Heritage (September); the February fairy-tale festival in Rostov; Tsarevich Dimitry Children’s Festival in Uglich (May 28), Mouse Day and Valenki Festival in Myshkin (June — July), Peter’s Assemblies in Pereslavl-Zalessky (July), the Merchant’s Day in Rybinsk (September) and others.
Hunting and fishing in Yaroslavl lands have been gaining more and more popularity. The region offers a wide range of hunting and fishing tours: spring bird hunting, summer wild boar and bear hunting, autumn waterfowl hunting, winter hoofed animals hunting and fur hunting. Tourists come over to shoot woodcocks, wood grouses, black cocks, ducks and geese. Hunting foxes, hares, elks, wild boars, bears and wolves is also very popular.
New entertainment centers have recently appeared in the area — bowling and billiard clubs, fitness centers and other leisure facilities.
Today, over 130 tourist companies successfully operate in the region offering services to local residents and guests. More than 40 hotels are available for visitors; restaurant and catering infrastructure is also well-developed.
For more detailed information on the Region, please refer to Internet resources of governmental authorities of the constituent entity of the Russian Federation.