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Russia's Golden Ring

Moscow and St Petersburg are Russia’s showpiece destinations, but the Golden Ring of historic towns and cities, northeast of Moscow, offers a rewarding glimpse of provincial Russia’s charms, from the somnolent museum town of Suzdal to the Volga River port of Yaroslavl. Several towns here are former Russian capitals. This fertile land of forests and meadows gave birth to much of the cultural heritage which Russia celebrates anew in the post-Soviet era.

Most images were taken with Nikon D70 (6.3 mpx) in RAW format, a few in 35mm transparency. All are available for licensing. Please visit my website for more pictures and stories from Russia and elsewhere.






Friezes decorating the 12th-century Cathedral of St Dmitry, Vladimir
Friezes decorating the 12th-century Cathedral of St Dmitry, Vladimir
Twelfth-century Vladimir cathedral, Russia
Twelfth-century Vladimir cathedral, Russia
End of school year celebrations in Vladimir
End of school year celebrations in Vladimir
School's out in Vladimir...
School's out in Vladimir...
High school graduation celebrations, Vladimir
High school graduation celebrations, Vladimir
End of school year celebrations in Vladimir
End of school year celebrations in Vladimir
Cathedral spires, Suzdal
Cathedral spires, Suzdal
Museum of Wooden Architecture and Peasant Life, Suzdal
Museum of Wooden Architecture and Peasant Life, Suzdal
Museum of Wooden Architecture & Peasant Life, Suzdal
Museum of Wooden Architecture & Peasant Life, Suzdal
Ancient bible, Suzdal
Ancient bible, Suzdal
Medieval capital of Suzdal, Russia
Medieval capital of Suzdal, Russia
Church of Our Lady of Smolensk, Suzdal
Church of Our Lady of Smolensk, Suzdal
Log cabin, Suzdal
Log cabin, Suzdal
Footbridge to the Suzdal Kremlin
Footbridge to the Suzdal Kremlin
Nativity of the Virgin Cathedral, Suzdal
Nativity of the Virgin Cathedral, Suzdal
14th-c. Intercession Convent, Suzdal
14th-c. Intercession Convent, Suzdal
Wall-mounted icon, Suzdal
Wall-mounted icon, Suzdal
Under the early 19th c. Trading Arcades, Suzdal
Under the early 19th c. Trading Arcades, Suzdal
Yaroslavl marks its 900th year
Yaroslavl marks its 900th year
Selling Kvass in Yaroslavl
Selling Kvass in Yaroslavl
Cathedral of the Transfiguration, Yaroslavl
Cathedral of the Transfiguration, Yaroslavl
Church spires, Yaroslavl
Church spires, Yaroslavl
Church of the Epiphany, Yaroslavl
Church of the Epiphany, Yaroslavl
Church of the Transfiguration, Yaroslavl
Church of the Transfiguration, Yaroslavl
Church of Elijah the Prophet, Yaroslavl
Church of Elijah the Prophet, Yaroslavl
Frescoes in the Church of the Prophet Elijah, Yaroslavl
Frescoes in the Church of the Prophet Elijah, Yaroslavl
Young family on City Day, Yaroslavl
Young family on City Day, Yaroslavl
Wedding party in Yaroslavl
Wedding party in Yaroslavl
City day in Yaroslavl, Russia
City day in Yaroslavl, Russia
Folk dance troupe, Yaroslavl
Folk dance troupe, Yaroslavl
Folk dancers, Yaroslavl
Folk dancers, Yaroslavl
City Day parade in Yaroslavl, Russia
City Day parade in Yaroslavl, Russia
Children's brass band performs on City Day in Yaroslavl
Children's brass band performs on City Day in Yaroslavl
Brass bands march on City Day in Yaroslavl
Brass bands march on City Day in Yaroslavl
City Day procession, Yaroslavl
City Day procession, Yaroslavl
City Day procession, Yaroslavl
City Day procession, Yaroslavl
Produce market vendors, Yaroslavl
Produce market vendors, Yaroslavl
Market stallholder in Yaroslavl, Russia
Market stallholder in Yaroslavl, Russia