Ryazan is a city with almost a thousand years of history, which survived internecine wars, the Mongol-Tatar yoke, mercilessly ruined and reborn from the ashes. A city surrounded by rich Meshchera spaces that inspired Sergei Yesenin and Konstantin Paustovsky.

Visitors to Ryazan will notice that history and modernity have come together here. To better understand this temporary symbiosis, it is worth visiting several of the city’s main attractions, which we will talk about in our material.

Visiting Ryazan on the weekend will be interesting for residents of Moscow and the Moscow region, Tula, Voronezh, Tambov, Nizhny Novgorod and other nearby cities, the road from which will not take long.

The approximate travel budget for one person is from 3,200 rubles *.

  • Round trip train tickets (from Moscow) from 892 rubles *.
  • 1 night in a hostel – from 320 rubles * or in a 3 * hotel – from 2 513 rubles *;
  • The average bill in a cafe is 400 rubles;
  • Walking around the city, travel in public transport, souvenirs – 800 rubles.

Ryazan Kremlin

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The Ryazan Historical and Architectural Museum-Reserve is one of the oldest museums in Russia. This is the heart of Ryazan, where there are ancient architectural monuments, museums that tell about the history and culture of the city. The ensemble of the Ryazan Kremlin was created over five centuries: from the 15th to the 19th century.

Here tourists can see unique church and civil buildings: Oleg’s Palace, Singing Building, Mole Hotel, Nobility Hotel, Cathedral Bell Tower, Assumption Cathedral, Nativity of Christ Cathedral, Consistorsky building and others. Also, guests of the city can walk along the Gleb Bridge and take a break in the alleys of the Cathedral Park, where you can buy souvenirs and listen to street musicians.

A wonderful view opens up to Ryazan from the height of the Kremlin shaft. In summer, young people gather here for picnics, old couples and young families stroll. And in winter, children and adults arrange various winter fun on the shaft. Here, on the one hand, you can better see the historical architecture of the Kremlin, and on the other, modern Ryazan.

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Address: Kremlin street, 15
Museum facilities are open Tuesday-Sunday from 10:00 to 18:00 **
Site of the Museum-Reserve: ryazankreml.ru

Oleg’s palace

Photo: Oleg's Palace

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Oleg’s Palace is the largest civil building of the Ryazan Kremlin and an architectural monument of the 17th – 19th centuries. Built on the site where the princely court was located until the 16th century. These are the former residential chambers of the Ryazan bishops; the building also housed their home church, brotherly cells and household services.

A huge stone building with many patterns resembles a gingerbread house and amazes with its snow-white beauty. Looking at its arches, one involuntarily recalls the film “Ivan Vasilyevich Changes His Profession”.

Now the palace houses a museum, where expositions of the Ryazan Kremlin are presented, with finds of local archaeologists, as well as various exhibitions from all over Russia.

Location: the territory of the Kremlin
Opening hours: Tuesday-Sunday from 10:00 to 18:00 **

Pochtovaya Street (Ryazan Arbat)

Photo: Postal Street

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Pochtovaya Street is located in the historical center of Ryazan and is considered the main pedestrian, tourist and shopping street of the city. It starts from Lenin Square and ends at Pochtovaya Square. Postal is very popular with both locals and tourists. The townspeople call it the Ryazan Arbat. There are many cafes and restaurants here, street musicians play, themed festivals are held. The pedestrian zone contains various art objects and culturally significant monuments. For example, at the end of the street there is a monument to the legendary Ryazan hero Yevpatiy Kolovrat.

Lybidsky Boulevard

Photo: Lybidsky Boulevard

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If you go down the stairs from Pochtovaya Street, then it smoothly flows into Lybidsky Boulevard – a place for walks of townspeople, where cozy paths with benches, decorated with stone sculptures from various Russian masters, wind among the alleys.

The boulevard underwent reconstruction in 2015-2017 and is now gaining popularity among tourists. At its beginning, on Münster Street, there is the Old Town Hotel, built in the European style.

The hotel territory is open, and everyone can visit the adjacent English, pub, Viennese cafe, where you can sit on the terrace, a pizzeria. The area in front of the hotel is divided into two parts, one of which resembles a little Italy, and the other – a piece of London.

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Located at the mouth of the Lybed River, from the Spartak stadium to the Ryazan circus

Museum-estate them. Academician I.P. Pavlova

Photo: Museum-Estate.  Academician I.P.  Pavlova

Photo: pavlovmuseum.ru

In the center of Ryazan, on Pavlova Street, there is a cozy little house where the famous scientist and Nobel laureate Ivan Petrovich Pavlov spent his childhood and youth. Here are collected documents, photographs, books and children’s things that belonged to the academician.

In the museum you can also get acquainted with the works of the great scientist, his discoveries in the field of physiology of blood circulation, digestion and higher nervous activity. Well, after sightseeing excursions, everyone can stroll through a large orchard, taste juicy apples and just enjoy the atmosphere of the 19th century, which they try to preserve here.

Address: Pavlova street, 25
Opening hours: Tuesday-Friday 9: 00-18: 00; Saturday, Sunday 10: 00-18: 00 **
Ticket price: 100 rubles
Museum website: pavlovmuseum.ru

Museum-reserve S.A. Yesenin

Photo: S.A.  Yesenin

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43 kilometers from Ryazan, in the village of Konstantinovo, Ryazan region, there is a museum-reserve of the famous Russian poet Sergei Yesenin. The future poet was born and spent his childhood here.

Not only the house where Yesenin grew up and where he came as a famous poet to dig up his spiritual strength was turned into a museum, but also the Zemskaya school, where little Sergei studied, the house of the priest I.Ya. Smirnov, who baptized the poet and was one of the first to notice the talent of the young man, Kazan Church, Museum of Anna-Snegin’s poem, Literary exposition and Spas-Klepikovskaya school.

How to get there: by taxi or by bus from the central bus station to the village of Konstantinovo
Departure time daily at 6:10; 9:40; 13:40; 18:35
Working hours: Tue-Sun from 10:00 to 18:00, Monday – closed
The cost of the visit can be viewed on the museum website

Bar-museum “Sikera”

Photo: Bar-Museum

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This bar-museum is located literally five minutes from the main attraction of the city – the Ryazan Kremlin. Here you can not only eat deliciously and taste national dishes, but also find out what drinks were preferred in Russia, taste kvass, mead, moonshine, various tinctures of our own production, prepared according to old Russian recipes.

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Tours with tasting (18+) are regularly held for visitors, where they tell about the history of Russian drinks, the secrets of their preparation, as well as their role in folk rituals and traditions.

Address: st. Seminarskaya, 1
Average check – 1000-1500 rubles
Bar menu on the site: sikera-ryazan.rf
The cost of the excursion per person is 400 rubles, the duration is about 40 minutes. Time: Wednesday-Friday at 15:00, 17:00, 19:00; Saturday-Sunday at 12:00, 14:00, 17:00, 19:00 **
You can sign up in the VKontakte group https://vk.com/sikera62 or by phone: +7 (4912) 506-004

City Park

Photo: City Park

Photo: Anton Darius

The age of this park is several centuries, it borders on an architectural monument of the 17th-19th centuries. – the estate of Gavrila Vasilyevich Ryumin (one of the richest people in Ryazan in the 19th century). The park has been remodeled and rebuilt many times; Fortunately, the age-old trees have been preserved. They spread their powerful crowns over narrow paths along which families with children stroll, students sing on benches, pensioners enjoy the cool shade. The park has several names: some call it the City Grove, some call it Drunken Park.

Here among the alleys there is a symbol of the city – a bronze sculpture “Mushrooms with eyes”, illustrating the famous saying “we have mushrooms with eyes in Ryazan.” The art object was installed in 2013. Now everyone who comes to Ryazan must visit this place and rub the “Mushrooms” with his palm for good luck.

Location: between Svoboda and Lenin streets, behind the buildings of the Regional Philharmonic Society and the Art Museum, the central entrance behind the Philharmonic stop

Preview photo: © www.sotsproekt-ryazan.ru (2017)