The Rostov Kremlin is a pearl of Old Russian architecture. The complex of buildings of the Bishop's Yard was formed between 1670 and 1690. The building of the residence started with the erection of the Holy Gate leading to the Cathedral of the Assumption, with the Over-the-Gate Church of the Resurrection (1670). In the Church the iconostasis is totally painted with frescoes. Two round towers add power and smartness to the whole ensemble.
The St. Jacob's Monastery of our Saviour, situated on the bank of Lake Nero , catches the eye of those travelling along the motorway which goes from Moscow to Yaroslavl. The first stone chapel, the Source Cathedral, was built in 1686. In 1709 St. Dimitry was buried in this chapel.
On the other end of the town overlooking the lake there is the St. Avraamy's Monastery — one of the oldest in North-East Russ. It was founded at the end of the 11th century — beginning of the 12th century. The main monastery church — the Cathedral of the Epiphany (1553) — was built by the tsar Ivan the Terrible in honour of the capture of Kazan.
18 km away there is the Sts. Boris and Gleb Monastery founded in the 14th century on the blessing of St. Sergiy Radonezhsky. The famous French philosopher Jean-Paul Sartr, who visited Borisoglebsk in 1961, commented on it thus: “Nowhere in the world have I seen a cloister of the kind. It is greater than the Roman monasteries of . Nowhere in the world have I met such a whole blending of human being and nature”. The combination of the monastery-fortress and a tiny town around is truly fascinating.
The wooden Church of St. John the Divine (80s of XVII c.) is situated at the old crossing over the River Ishnya. It is the only wooden church left in the Yaroslavl Region and is located 3 km from Rostov.