July 01, 2012

Travel Notes

One of Russia’s historic Golden Ring towns, Rostov, will hold a celebration to mark its 1150th anniversary this summer. The town was first mentioned in historical documents in 862 and was the cradle of Orthodox Christianity in the tenth century.

The Ministry of Culture is promising to restore some ancient landmarks which the city had no money to tend, such as the grand Dormition Cathedral near the kremlin and its bell tower, where Rostov’s famous bell ringers work their magic. Work is also slowly progressing on renovation of the town’s old merchant homes along the main streets.

At the end of August, the town’s kremlin will host a festival of medieval music, cooking, bell-ringing, and other activities.

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