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Stretching for 18 miles along both banks of the Volga amidst a region of forests, Yaroslavl was founded in 1010 by Prince Yaroslav the Wise of Kiev. During the next several centuries, Yaroslavl prospered as a trading port and textile-manufacturing center. Many buildings and architectural monuments of Yaroslavl's colorful past highlight the city, including the Governor's Palace, the magnificent 13th-century Spassky Monastery, a group of majestic 17th-century cathedrals and the Church of Elijah the Prophet situated in the central square. The artistry inside the church, including the frescoes on the walls and ornate vaulting, create a museum-like atmosphere.
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