Assumption Cathedral of Yaroslavl was laid down in 1215, a year before the Spaso-Preobrazhensky Monastery that survives to the present day. The Assumption Cathedral was more than once rebuilt and was destroyed in 1937, but on the occasion of the celebration of 1000th anniversary of the city it was restored on its original place.
Today Assumption Cathedral, that you can see at the Spit of the Volga and the Kotorosl`, is much different from the previous cathedral and first of all by its large size. But, the natives will certainly get used to its appearance, and the cathedral will become of the main sights of the city.
By analogy, you might recall the reconstruction of the Tsaritsyno Estate and Palace in Moscow. There were many «protest» from the architectural community about violation of some architectural traditions, but after the reconstruction Tsaritsyno became one of the most favorite recreation zones of the citizens of Moscow, as well as one of the main sights of Moscow.
Assumption Cathedral laid down in 1215 was the first stone church in Yaroslavl. After the fire of 1501 the cathedral was rebuilt, but it was small, so after another fire in 1658, it was decide to build a cathedral of much larger size. And this last cathedral survived to 1937 when it was blown up.
The new Assumption Cathedral was sanctified by the patriarch Cyril on September, 12, 2012, on the occasion of the 1000th anniversary of Yaroslavl. The cathedral is within a walking distance from other sights of the city – the Church of Elijah the Prophet and the Governor`s House.