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About Uglich

Why Visit Uglich, a Volga River Gem

Uglich is a magnificent historic town located on the banks of Volga River in the Yaroslavl region. This Golden Ring city is almost 1000 years old and was the setting of many important events in history.

During the reign of Ivan the Terrible in the 16th century, Uglich prospered both politically and economically. Yet after the Tsar's death, Dmitry Ivanovich who was the youngest son was sent into exile to Uglich in 1584 leading to the most renown event in the city's history. On May 15, 1591, the 10-year-old prince was found dead with his throat cut in the courtyard of the palace. Since he was the last descendant of the Rurik Dynasty, his death had put a start to Russia's political and dynastic crisis called the Time of Troubles.

Later the Romanov Tsars turned Uglich into a place of pilgrimage and built the Church of St. Dmitry-on-Blood in 1690 on the place where the prince was killed. The church still stands to this day and is well-recognized for its unique exterior of red walls and blue domes. Situated on the banks of the Volga River, it is actually a part of the Kremlin ensemble, along with the Spaso-Preobrazhensky Cathedral.

Among the town's other highlights are the 17th-century Alexeevsky monastery, which is considered to be one of the oldest ones in entire Russia, and the beautiful golden-domed Resurrection monastery. There is also the Legends of Uglich Museum, which might be small, but makes a delightful addition to your Uglich tour.

Another point of interest on the Uglich itinerary is the Uglich Hydropower Engineering Museum, providing with information about the Uglich Dam and compelling stories of how it was built. Featuring interactive media it is an amusing way to learn more about hydroelectricity, as well as the city itself. 

Best Things to Do in Uglich, Russia

  • Visit the Church of St. Dmitry-on-Blood
  • Explore the Kremlin of Uglich
  • Stop by the Alexeievsky & Resurrection monasteries
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