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City at a glance
Yaroslavl is the biggest town of the Golden Ring with population exceeding 610 thousand people. Located 250 km north of Moscow, it is the administrative center of Yaroslavl region. Yaroslavl got its name at the beginning of the 11th century from Prince Yaroslav Mudry (“the Wise”). It was founded in 1010 as an outpost of the Rostov Principality and was first mentioned in 1071. Yaroslavl is divided into six city districts. The cental district is located at the confluence of Volga and Kotorosl rivers and is the oldest part of the town with the status of UNESCO World Heritage site. Church of St. John the Baptist in Yaroslavl is on the 1000 rouble banknote.

For a long time Yaroslavl was Russia's second largest city. In 1612, during Smuta times (known as the Time of Troubles) Yaroslavl became the country’s capital for a time of Polish invasion. Today, Yaroslavl is an important industrial center with machinery and oil industry plants and many others. Yaroslavl is the birth place of Valentina Tereshkova (first woman in space), Fyodor Volkov (founder of the first Russian theater), Nikolay Nekrasov (Russian poet).

Climate and time
The climate and the local time (GMT +3) are the same as in Moscow. The climate is continental, with warm temperature in the summer (+20°C) and usual temperature in winter about -15°C.

Church of the Saviour on town.

Yaroslavl is one of the main transportation hubs of Russia. Many trains go there daily from beautiful Art Nuevo building of Yaroslavl Train Station in Moscow. Some trains go there directly and some with a stop in Rostov. So it takes from 4 to 5 hours to reach Yaroslavl.  Also there is a bus station nearby the railway station with daily bus shuttles. Yaroslavl is accessible by car — many roads connect Yaroslavl with Russian cities. There's a hydrofoil Yaroslavl — Kostroma — Ples that departs daily in the morning, except Tuesdays and Thursdays from the River Station. Long-distance Volga passenger ships stop in Yaroslavl on their way from Moscow to Nizhny Novgorod, Kazan and Astrakhan from June to early October.

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