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Outside of the major cities such as Moscow and St. Petersburg, the Golden Ring is the most intriguing aspect of Russia tours. Comprised of several cities located to the northeast of Moscow, the Golden Ring played a major role in Russian history and is home to many compelling monuments, buildings and museums that offer you the chance to see a side of Russia that isn't often publicized.
More than 10 cities make up the Golden Ring, but there are a few in particular you can't miss, and that is especially true when it comes to Suzdal. Home to just over 10,000 residents, this small town may not seem like a large tourist draw, but it has plenty to offer anybody who finds their way there during a tour of Russia. Among the most compelling landmarks in Suzdal is The Saint Alexander Convent, which was built in 1240. Though relatively small, this stunning piece of architecture features the iconic onion domes present in many Russian buildings and stands out among the many other structures in Suzdal.
While you should certainly visit Sudzal during your journey through the Golden Ring, there are several other cities and towns you should visit as well, including the much bigger Yaroslavl. Above all else, you should make a point to stop by Yaroslavl's famous Old Town. Bordered by the Kotorosl and Volga rivers, many of the city's most recognizable landmarks are located in this region, including the Church of Elijah the Prophet.
Before exiting the Golden Ring completely, you should travel to some of the other towns and cities that comprise it including Vladimir, a Medieval capital of Russia, and Kostroma, which is famous for its Ipatiev Monastery.
Look down in wonder at Buckingham Palace, the Palace of Westminster and St Paul’s Cathedral from your glass-walled pod on the London Eye, then gaze out over the Louvre and the Champs-Elysees from the top of the Eiffel Tower.
The scent of rich pine forests lingers in the breeze as the 13th-century ruins of Turaida Castle are revealed before your eyes in the lush Gauja River valley in a medieval sanctuary untouched by the march of time.
The aroma of dark roasted Viennese coffee hangs thick in the air as you tread the cobblestone laneways and bask in the elegant architecture, atmospheric cafes and refined restaurants in one of the most beautiful cities in Eastern Europe.
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