Peresslavl Zalessky

Pereslavl-Zalessky is one of the ancient cities of central Russia. The town was founded in 1152 by prince Yury Dolgoruky.

It is located halfway between Moscow and Yaroslavl, about 130 km North-East of Moscow on the bank of Pleshcheevo Lake.

In 1688–1693, Peter the Great built his famous "fun flotilla" on the lake Pleshechyevo for his own amusement. 

The Botik (small boat) museum chronicles the history of the first Russian fleet and keeps one of the original model boats.

Pereslavl-Zalessky is known for its historic buildings such as the following:

  • The white stone Spaso-Preobrazhensky Cathedral (1152–1157);
  • Church of Metropolitan Peter (1585);
  • Troitse-Danilov Monastery (16th–18th centuries);
  • Nikitsky Monastery (16th–19th centuries);
  • Feodorovsky Monastery (16th–19th centuries);
  • Goritsky Monastery (17th–18th centuries).
The Cathedral is an ancient cathedral in Pereslavl Zalessk founded in 1152 by Yuriy Dolgoruky, approximately at the same time with other cathedrals built by the Grand Duke in Vladimir city, Kideksh and Yuriy Polsky. The cathedral is one of the few monuments of Yuriy Dolgoruky which almost fully preserved its original view.

The construction of the cathedral was launched by Yury Dolgoruky, however, it is not clear whether it has been completed. Some information sources stated that under Dolgoruky the construction was finished, other argued that the construction of the cathedral was continued by Dolgoruky's son Andrey Bogolyubsky in 1157-1160.

Till today the cathedral is visited as a museum, although, from time to time, church services are held there.

Church of Metropolitan Peter is one of a few churches in the town of Pereslavl built up to XVII century. This is a monument at the territory of the former Tsar's palace.

In XiX century a bell tower was built instead of the current dilapidated old belfry.

Foundation of the church goes back to 1584. The church is situated in a historical center of the town of Pereslavl, 250 meters to South-East from the ancient Spaso-Preobrazhensky Cathedral. The cathedral is classified as the most amazing architectural object of the city.

The magnificent cathedral is one of the last monuments in a classical period of ancient construction development.

At the present time the church has been affiliated to the Russian Orthodox Church.