Yaroslavl is a city with a thousand-year history, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and part of the famous "Golden Ring of Russia" tourist route. The city was founded in 1010 at the place where the Volga River and its feeder, the Kotorosl River, meet.
Yaroslavl is located in central Russia, 250 km northeast of Moscow and is in the same time zone as the Russian capital. By car or train it is about four hours from Moscow. Trains from St. Petersburg, Arkhangelsk, Abakan, Cherepovets, Vorkuta, Ufa, Adler also arrive at the Yaroslavl Railway Station. Tunoshna airport, located 17 km from the city, receives flights from Moscow, St. Petersburg, Krasnodar, Sochi and Simferopol.
History and landmarks
According to legend, Grand Duke Yaroslav the Wise once traveled around his possessions and the heathen locals set a bear against him. Yaroslav defeated the beast with an axe, after which the people submitted to him. At this location, on the high bank of the river, the Duke built a city in order to develop trade and crafts in North-Eastern Russia.
Today Yaroslavl attracts tourists from all over the world with its preserved architectural ensembles and historical monuments, a cozy Volga embankment and city squares. The city has preserved its unique heritage, but at the same time, new tourism industries are rapidly developing in Yaroslavl. The main attraction that must be visited is the Spaso-Preobrazhensky Monastery, which is unofficially called the Yaroslavl Kremlin. The world-famous literary masterpiece, "The Lay of the Warfare Waged by Igor" was found in this monastery in 1795 by the collector of Russian antiquities, Count Musin-Pushkin. In the central part of the city, buildings from the 16th to 19th centuries have been almost completely preserved. Walking around the centre, one can plunge into the history of the once influential Yaroslavl principality.
Architectural delight of the ancient buildings is complemented by picturesque panoramas of the Volga bank and the surrounding nature. The main city promenade, the Volga embankment, was landscaped by the order of Emperor Alexander I and stretches along the high banks of the river. The historical and cultural heritage of the city is kept in numerous museums, churches and chambers, which are monuments of ancient Russian architecture.
The volleyball club of Yaroslavich is based in the city and plays in the Russian championship. The club was founded in 1988.
During its formation, the Yaroslavl team set a kind of record, distinguishing itself by rapid and successful progress: from the very first year of their existence it became leader of the regional championship, entering the first league of the Russian championship two years later winning the Higher League championship in 1997. In 2000, Neftyanik, a debutant of the Superleague, came in third in the regular championship.
Volleyball in Yaroslavl and the Yaroslavl region is one of the most popular mass sports. Youth teams based in Yaroslavl have made it possible to repeatedly produce champions of European and world youth competitions. The Yaroslavl volleyball school has produced many eminent players, world and European champions as well as Olympic champions such as Sergey Grankin, Maxim Mikhaylov, Alexander Sokolov and Yuri Berezhko.
Yaroslavl is also distinguished by strong traditions in amateur volleyball: residents of the city can play in one of several dozen amateur clubs, and teams that can become serious competitors to professional volleyball clubs gather in the city universities.