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Alexandrov | Александров


Halfway between Troitse-Sergieva Lavra and Pereslavl-Zalessky there was a settlement known as Great Sloboda or Old Sloboda. At the beginning of the sixteenth century a new settlement appeared next to the old one and was called a New Sloboda or Alexandrovskaya Sloboda.

The Great Sloboda was first mentioned in history in 1339; later, for 17 years it was the unofficial capital of Russia – unofficial, because Russian czar Ivan Grozny (Ivan the Terrible) ruled the country from here from 1564 to 1581, while Moscow was still the actual capital. According to legend, Ivan Grozny killed his son Ivan here in a fit of anger. Later, following the carriage with the body of his son, he left Alexandrovskaya Sloboda for good. With the tsar gone, life in Sloboda understandably became quieter. In 1778 Alexandrovskaya Sloboda was given the status of a city.

Alexandrov is the city of the first soviet televison set, and a very popular brand of Russian telephones, Record, is still produced here. Alexandrov is in the very center of Golden ring and it is definitely worth visiting as well as the other cities.


Troitse-Sergieva Lavra

Alexandrov Art Museum

Literary Art Museum of Tzvetaeva

Alexandrov Drama Theater

Places to stay and eat

If you are visiting for more than one day there are places to stay. They are located in the center, close to the main sights of the city.

Hotel Aristocrat is very close to the Troitse-Sergieva Lavra. The prices are 2000 rubles per double room per night. There is a wonderful restaurant of Russian and European cuisine with the same name. There you can spend a nice romantic evening.

Hotel and restaurant Kovcheg: The prices are 1900 rubles per double room per night. At the restaurant you can enjoy tasty Italian, Spanish, French cuisine.

Hotel Alexandrov and bar-restaurant V Yablochko. Here there are billiards, a bar, an exhibition hall that has paintings by local artists, and a gift store. Being a guest of this apartment you can book a tour to visit other Golden Ring cities. Address: Ul. Revolutzii, 59 T: (49244) 2-06-87, 2-10-84.

How to get there

Take a train from Yaroslavsky railway station to Alexandrov. It departs every hour (2 hour journey). Or you can take a bus to Vladimir and there change to another bus to Alexandrov (5 departures a day).

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