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Rent a car to explore Vologda

Rent a car to explore Vologda

07.07.2016
The area around Vologda isn't the most touristy place. Nevertheless, it has more than enough interesting sites.

The area around Vologda isn't the most touristy place. Nevertheless, it has more than enough interesting sites.

Renting a car for a weekend

There's nothing left for tourists without cars in Vologda oblast apart fr om coaches and buses:

  • Tour coaches have specific routes written in a trip program in advance. The good thing about this option is that you'll have a professional guide who knows the area well.
  • Commuter buses work properly but their routes don't cover the landmarks you might want to visit. Every ride ends with coming back to Vologda.
Аренда автомобиля открывает Вологду

This is why the best way to go to the northern region and move across it is to rent a car in Moscow. Why not your own car? There isn't enough data on the road condition and in the rental park you can find a car with a higher cross-country ability.

Landmarks

In the end of the 14th century Sergius of Radonezh's followers founded the Kirillo-Belozersky and Ferapontov monasteries. Now both of them are World Heritage sites. The Kirillo-Belozersky monastery managed to keep a unique manuscript library. It's also famous for its size (the biggest monastery in Russia) and inaccessibility. No one could ever manage to enter its territory. The treasury hidden in the monastery by Ivan the Terrible stayed untouched despite the five year Polish siege.

Аренда автомобиля открывает Вологду

The Feraponov monastery includes the Cathedral of the Nativity of the Virgin decorated by the famous icon painter Dionisius. The frescoes of the great artist were paid for through the wealth of the monastery, assured through their salt production. The following period of decline kept the frescoes away fr om renewal, typical for this time – the reason why many works by Andrei Rublev and Theophanus the Greek were painted over. Patriarch Nikon was imprisoned in this monastery after falling into the Tzar's disfavour.

Аренда автомобиля открывает Вологду

Ivan the Terrible planned to have his residency in Vologda. A mighty fortress was constructed and also two cathedrals of the Vologda Kremlin, including the Saint Sophia Cathedral with a huge bell tower and the Resurrection Cathedral.

Cherepovets has always been famous for its iron production. Weaponry made by local artisans was used by the armies of Dmitry Donskoy, Ivan the Terrible and Peter the Great. The contemporary factory "Severstal" is one of the world biggest and most advanced ferrous metallurgy enterprises. The factory created an interesting museum wh ere, by using modern information technology, you can simulate real metallurgy processes.

Other trademarks that glorify Vologda are the world famous lace of unique knitting and butter. There are workshops wh ere you can learn how to make these unique products by yourself. You should also visit the residence of Father Frost in Veliky Ustyug and here you can finish your trip. Renting a car in Moscow was a great idea and we managed to briefly explore the main landmarks of Vologda Oblast.

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