Published on April 15, 2015 by

Take a tour of Historic Yaroslavl in Yaroslavl, Russia — part of the World’s Greatest Attractions travel video series by GeoBeats.

Follow the Volga and Kotorosl Rivers to where they meet, and you will find the historic city of Yaroslavl.

This Russian city has been an economic power since the 11th century, and served as the country’s de facto capital in the 17th century.

The medieval churches of Yaroslavl are typically Russian Orthodox in style and persuasion.

In 1763, Catherine the Great ordered a radical makeover of the town that would serve as a model for urban planning across the country.

Yaroslavl today is the result of this urban program, and is thus a beautiful example of Western cultural exchange and influence.

The city’s neoclassical style, impressive monuments and historical importance all contribute to its UNESCO World Heritage designation.