Since 12 century Rostov was one of the important centers of Vladimir principality. The court of metropolitan was also there. But the heyday of the city fell on the period of 1650-1690, when Iona Sysoyevich was the metropolitan of Rostov and Yaroslavl. It was in his time that the magnificent ensemble of the Rostov Kremlin appeared.
The Rostov Assumption cathedral is the fourth cathedral built on the site. The first wooden cathedral was laid down there under Prince Vladimir in 991, only three years after the Christianization of Rus`. So, it was one of the oldest cathedrals in the Rus`. An infant Bartholomew, the son of a Rostov boyar Cyril, was baptized in the Assumption cathedral of Rostov in 1314. It was the future Russian saint Sergius of Radonezh.
Spaso-Yakovlevsky (Savior monastery of St. Jacob) monastery is the second most important sight of Rostov after the Rostov Kremlin. When coming to the city you must have a tour of the monastery and ascend on the corner tower of the monastery overlooking Lake Nero. From the tower you can have a very beautiful view on all cathedrals of the monastery, as well as Lake Nero.
When in Rostov, it is very desirable to plan a boat ride on Lake Nero. Sometimes the natives may offer boat tours of Lake Nero at the main entrance to the Rostov Kremlin. So don’t miss your opportunity. If no one will offer you a boat tour of the lake there, you will have to go to the shore of the lake.
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