Rostov Veliky

Rostov Veliky is a town in the West of Russia along Lake Nero. The town is located Northeast of Moscow, and attracts tourist around the world with its ancient and lasting architecture. Such as the building below, a “very old stone building in the garden of the Rostov Kremlin, which according to legend, was used as a bathhouse in the Rostov Archbishop’s house” ( Many houses such as these had shops on the first floor and living areas on the second floor, for common merchants and their families. During the 12th -13th centuries, within the city, “the construction of stone buildings was actively carried out. A large library was soon created to shelter the flourishing original literary work. Rostov quickly emerged as one of the richest and largest cities of the ancient Russia, and became known as Rostov the Great” ( The city was also one of the first in Russian history to embrace Christianity. It quickly became a hub for Russian Orthodox Christians.




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3 thoughts on “Rostov Veliky

  1. I have been to Rostov! The architecture, as you stated, was very old and beautiful. Rostov is part of the Golden Ring of Russia, a group of ancient cities north of Moscow that have played a prominent role in the history of the Orthodox Church. What is the significance of the role that Rostov played in this period of Russian history? What can we learn by recognizing that its ancient church buildings are still standing?

  2. This truly is a beautiful town, and it demonstrates a side of Russia so readily ignored by today’s conventional image of the former socialist state. We see architecture here that is as unique as it is inspiring. This demonstrates the emergence of a Russian style decidedly different from the Romanesque style that much of Western Europe had adopted. As you said in your post, Rostov Veliky became a hub for the Russian Orthodox Church. This, paired with its generally central location within the nation could explain the significance this small city played in history, and why the style of buildings here were mimicked the country over.

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  3. This is a really interesting post! It’s cool to learn about little-known cities like this (or, at least, not known to me).This seems like a real gem of a city that has a lot of historical significance and has been extremely important in Russia’s development, but it is overshadowed in general knowledge. It makes me wonder how many once-great or historically important cities that I’ve never been able to learn about and research. It’s a really cool topic.

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