Sights of Pereslavl-Zalessky
This museum complex and restaurant, built and decorated in an 18th Century style, is dedicated to the ryapushka - a fresh-water fish similar to herring that lives in the lake and is the symbol of Pereslavl-Zalessky. Visitors can measure their height against the life-sized statue of Peter the Great, and learn about traditional recipes for salted, marinated and smoked fish.
In the House of King Berendey you will enter the timeless world of Russian legend. Wise King Berendey’s merry servants will greet you on the threshold of his magical palace with bread and salt - the age-old Russian symbols of hospitality, songs and jokes - and a cup of mead. Then the legendary King Berendey himself will come out onto the porch and welcome you into his house to join in a joyful traditional festival.
Originally called Pereyaslavl, the town was founded in 1152 by Count Yuri Dolgorukiy as a fortified post on the frontier between the Rostov and Suzdal principalities. From 1175-1302 it was the centre of the Pereslavl Principality, and then it became part of the Moscow Principality and one of the trade centers on the route from Moscow to Arkhangelsk.
The Transfiguration Cathedral in Pereslavl-Zalessky’s Red Square was founded by Yuri Dolgorukiy in 1152. It is the best preserved of the five early medieval white stone churches in North East Russia and many of the Counts of Pereslavl were christened here including Alexander Nevsky.
This is one of the oldest Russian museums. It was near here, on Lake Pleshcheevo that Peter the Great built his famous “toy’ flotilla of 100 boats - the origin of the Russian Navy. Only one of those boats survives - the Fortuna, on display in the museum’s Boat House. You can also see a monument and obelisk to Peter the Great, and the White Palace, which contains many interesting and unique exhibits relating to the foundation of the Russian Navy.
Now a museum, the Monastery of the Assumption was founded in the first half of the 14th century by Ivan Daniilovich Kalita, Grand Duke of Vladimir. The monastery’s name comes from the hill, or «goritsa» on which it was built. Like many monasteries, it also served as a fortress and had a military role. It was within the walls of this monastery that Dmitry Prilutsky, a close associate of Sergius of Radonezh, entered into holy orders.