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Rostov, sometimes referred to as Veliky Rostov, is one of the oldest settlements in Russia and is one of the towns of the Golden Ring. The town was first mentioned in 862 and was already quite important by the 13th century, as it became the capital city of one of the most prominent Russian principalities. However after the invasion of the Tatars in the 13th century the city’s economic and political stability collapsed and in 1474 it was incorporated into Muscovy. Rostov has always been an extremely important ecclesiastic centre for the Orthodox Church. Its main two sites are the ‘Kremlin’ and the Museum of Finift which reveals the secrets of the craft of enamel. Rostov’s enamel production is renowned throughout Russia. The Kremlin has several tower bells, palaces, belfries and churches including the Assumption Cathedral and the baroque Church of Our Lady in Smolensk. There are also 2 monasteries in the town, ‘Abraham Monastery’ founded in the 11th century and the Spaso-Yakovlevsky Monastery.

As part of the Golden Ring most people travel between the cities on an organised tour, but you can just visit the city by catching a suburban train from Moscow, which takes approximately 3 hours.

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Museum of Finift
Finift' is a traditional Russian craft which came from the ancient Byzantine. It is a painting over metal surface with a specially prepared enamel. The museum posesses an excellent collection of finift jewelry, icons and boxes.
Rostov Kremlin
Rostov Kremlin is located on the territory of Archbishop's Yard, unique architectural ensemble of the XVII century. Five churches, three of which are decorated with wonderful frescoes of the XVII century and several exhibition buildings are surrounded with high walls and towers. Founded in 1883, today the museum numbers 92000 exhibits. The collection includes icons, oil paintings, wooden house-hold utensils, porcelain, archeological findings. The museum's pride is the collection of enamels.

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