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Yarolslavl

Yaroslavl city park with legendary bear - symbol of the city, commemorating the founding of the city in the year 997.
 
Yaroslavl city park with legendary bear - symbol of the city, commemorating the founding of the city in the year 997.

 

Last stop on the waterway from St. Petersburg to Moscow, Yaroslavl is a thriving city, celebrating its 1010th anniversary in 2007. Legend has it that a hero saved the city by killing a large bear an ax, hence the symbol of the city seen here and on public buildings.

Yaroslavl city park with legendary bear - symbol of the city, commemorating the founding of the city in the year 997. Notice anything different? Yaroslavl city park with beautiful topiary vase Close-up of topiary Girl going for a ride near the entrance to the city at the boat dock Wedding party in Yaroslavl city park Yaroslavl bridge over Volga (?) Monument in Yaroslavl - appears on the back of a major ruble note Close-up of sculpture on side of building in Yaroslavl City building with symbols of city - the bear and ax Church with icons - the pictures of religious figures of significance in the Russian Orthodox Church - a major feature of Russian churches Old picture with a reclining nude - an oddity in a church! Another view of icons Small church in a downtown square, Yaroslavl Close-up of gilded cross on dome of church in a downtown square, Yaroslavl Roger near small church in a downtown square, Yaroslavl Church in Yaroslavl Church in Yaroslavl - close-up of crosses on gilded domes Church in Yaroslavl Church in Yaroslavl Colorful flowers in yard of church - Yaroslavl Whimsical decorations in park near church - Yaroslavl Church viewed from river - Yaroslavl Bell ringer - Yaroslavl - expressionless, typical of Russian people Bells used by ringer Bell ringer - Yaroslavl - demonstrating his prowess. When asked, he sold us a CD of his music. Elderhostelers in background. Bear on display for delight of tourists - Yaroslavl (gate keeper asked for money) The ubiquitous Lada automobile. The Lada is a direct descendant of a French automobile. It is said that the French sold a cast-off automobile factory to the Russians and they were stuck with notoriously poor cars. Our guide in St. Petersburg told of buying a used Lada and having guests from the USA which the offered a ride / tour of the city. Problem was, they could not drive-off: the car would not move when laden with four passengers.
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