Part of Russia's famed "Golden Ring," the pretty little town of Uglich is a mainstay on the Moscow–St. Petersburg cruise circuit. Perched along the Volga River, this well-preserved locale dates back to 937 AD and charms visitors with a selection of museums, onion-domed churches, and historic Kremlin compound. The town's most famous site is the Church of St. Dmitry on the Blood, where Dmitry, son of Ivan the Terrible, was killed back in the 16th century.
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Uglich Kremlin: A short 10-minute stroll from the dock, this cathedral complex (not to be confused with Moscow's famous Kremlin at St. Basil’s Cathedral) includes the cupola-crowned Transfiguration Cathedral, Church of Prince Dimitri on the Blood (see below), and a museum showcasing Russian art and artifacts.
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Church of St. Dmitry on the Blood: This 17th-century onion-domed church, noted for its fine architecture and religious art, stands on the site of Uglich's most infamous and significant historic event: This is where Ivan the Terrible’s son Dmitry — the last heir to the Russian throne — was mysteriously slain at the tender age of 10 in 1591.
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History Buffs: Uglich is a historical treasure trove of old churches, monasteries, cathedrals, and monuments, many of which are easy enough to uncover on foot.
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Look Around: Most river lines include a guided walking tour of the Kremlin complex as their featured excursion here. There are other highlights, the makeshift markets that are set up just outside the boat docks and on the town square.
Elissa Garay is a Brooklyn-based contributor to ShermansCruise who also writes for Condé Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure.