|UNESCO #1170 - Church of Elijah the Prophet, Yaroslavl - RUSSIA|
Monday, May 05, 2014
Yaroslavl - RUSSIA - UNESCO #1170
From Russia I received two more cards with new World Heritage Sites for my UNESCO collection (slowly I'm climbing the ladder and building a nice collection). The first one shows the Orthodox Church of Elijah the Prophet in Yaroslavl, Russia. This spectacular church was built in 1650 by brothers Anikey and Nifantey Skripin, two rich fur traders of that city. Thank you very much Leonid for this card and the incredible stamps. 368 down, 613 to go. This postcard took 13 days to arrive!
Situated at the confluence of the Volga and Kotorosl Rivers some 250 km north-east of Moscow, the historic city of Yaroslavl developed into a major commercial centre from the 11th century. It is renowned for its numerous 17th-century churches and is an outstanding example of the urban planning reform Empress Catherine the Great ordered for the whole of Russia in 1763. While keeping some of its significant historic structures, the town was renovated in the neoclassical style on a radial urban master plan. It has also kept elements from the 16th century in the Spassky Monastery, one of the oldest in the Upper Volga region.