The Golden Ring of Russia unites old Russian cities of five Oblasts – usually excluding Moscow – as a well-known theme-route. The grouping is centered northeast of the capital. The idea of the route and the term was created in 1967 by Soviet historian and essayist Yuri Bychkov, who published in 1967 a series of essays on the cities under the heading: “Golden Ring”.
These ancient towns were heavily formative to the centrality of the Russian Orthodox Church in society. They preserve the memory of key events in medieval and Imperial Russian history. The towns have been called “open-air museums” and feature unique monuments of Russian architecture of the 12th–18th centuries, including kremlins, monasteries, cathedrals, and churches. These towns are among the most picturesque in Russia and prominently feature Russia’s onion domes.
Measurements: 102 x 80 x 15 mm