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Pereslavl-Zalessky was founded in 1152 by Prince Yuri Dolgoruky and is one of the towns in the Golden Ring, North East of Moscow. In 1175–1302, the town was the centre of the Principality of Pereslavl and in 1302, the town became a part of the Grand Duchy of Moscow. Pereslavl-Zalessky was devastated numerous times by the Mongols between the mid-13th century and the early 15th century and was also invaded by the Poles in 1611. Its charm is its location on the bank of the Lake Pleshcheyevo and its provincial feel. There are 5 monasteries and 9 museums in the town, which considering its size is quite an achievement. The Cathedral of Transfiguration is one of the oldest buildings in Russia; over 850years old. One of the more well-known museums is the ‘Botik Museum’ which houses the sailboat, Fortuna, which is one of only 2 Peter the Great’s boats to survive. Peter the Great spent time in Pereslavl-Zalessky when he was younger and this is supposedly where his love of ships grew.

There is no train service to Pereslavl-Zalessky and so can only be accessed by road. There are several buses a day from Moscow, which take 2-3 hours. Or as this is part of the Golden Ring, most tourists move from one city to the next.

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Red Square of Pereslavl Zalessky
The Red Square is the heart of the ancient Pereslavl. Here one can see several ancient churches: Savior Transfiguration Cathedral, Vladimirsky Cathedral, Church of Alexander Nevsky, and the Church of Peter the Metropolitan.

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